COMPANY IS USING CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF WATER MAIN BREAKS. COLIN MAYFIELD SHOWS US HOW A ROBOT IS HELPING TREAT PROBLEMS WITH LOUISVILLE’S AGING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. new robotic technology is changing the game for the Louisville water co, with inspecting pipes around the city these pipes are gigantic, sending millions of gallons of water across the city in particular this part of Jefferson Co. THAT AMOUNT OF PRESSURE CAN SOMETIMES MEAN TROUBLE FOR THE MORE THAN FOUR-THOUSAND MILES OF PIPES RUNNING UNDERNEATH THE CITY. THE LOUISVILLE WATER COMPANY SAYS IT AVERGES ABOUT 630 BREAKS A YEAR. BUT THE UTILITY MAY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO CUT DOWN THAT NUMBER… WITH A 1- POINT -7 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT USING PURE TECHNOLOGIES ROBOTICS. have a tool on a robot that we insert in pipe and goes along the pipeline, someone in truck controls it like a video game IN THIS INSPECTION, THE ROBOT IS LOOKING FOR LEAKS AND CHECKING THE STRENGTH OF A 24 AND 30 INCH TRANSMISSION MAIN. THE PIPE WAS INSTALLED ANYWHERE BETWEEN 1966 AND 2003 – AND ITS THE FIRST TIME THE PIPE HAS BEEN INSPECTED. it emits electro magnetic rays and that way it responds from the pipe walls and we record that and evaluate the condition of the pipe line walls THE INSPECTION WILL TAKE 8 DAYS AS THE ROBOT MOVES EIGHT MILES THROUGH THE PRE-STRESSED CONCRETE CYLINDER. ONCE THE INSPECTION IS COMPLETE, THE PIPE IS CLEANED AND THEN FILLED BACK UP WITH WATER. THROUGH THE PARTNERSHIP WITH PURE TECHNOLOGIES – LOUISVILLE WATER IS TAKING A PROACTIVE APPROACH IN FINDING BREAKS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN. have a big break on a main pipe its catastrophic and start now so when it happens we’ve seen the infrastructure and what we used to keep it in good shape COLIN MAYFIELD WLKY NEWS. THIS YEAR, THE LOUISVILLE WATER COMPANY PLANS TO SPEND 10 MILLION DOLLARS TO REPAIR AND REPLACE DISTRIBUTION WATER MAINS… ALONG WITH 4 MILLION TO INSPECT TRANSMISSION MAINS.