Trinidad and Tobago engage new leak survey method by Utilis

Ministry of Public Utilities contracted with Utilis to identify sub-surface leaks in the municipal water distribution system.

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Left to right: Mr. David Wik (IDB), Senator Robert Le Hunte (Minister of Public Utilities), Vitaly Bernshtein (Utilis), and Mr. Gilroy Francis Lewis (IDB).

SAN DIEGO, FEB 5, 2019 -- Utilis and their leak survey method was welcomed by the Ministry of Public Utilities in Trinidad and Tobago in January. The island nations are moving into their dry season and the Ministry has contracted with Utilis to provide its patented technology to identify sub-surface leaks in the municipal water distribution system. This project is being supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Utilis and IDB are assisting the Ministry to reduce the high levels of water loss currently being experienced.

"The islands of Trinidad and Tobago have had some difficult times in the past few years when it comes to their water supply and distribution systems," Utilis CEO, Elly Perets, empathized. "Our goal is to reduce the water lost by non-revenue leaks in their potable systems."

While in the country, the leak detection team will carry out several site verification efforts in collaboration with the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA). Vitaly Bernshtein, a Utilis Analyst, met with Senator Robert Le Hunte, the Minister of Public Utilities, and explained the technology and process for leak verification. "While locating leaks is essential, it is not a panacea for all the ills plaguing the Utility," Minister Le Hunte emphasized. "There are several factors which contribute to the lack of water in some parts of the country. The identification and repair of leaks must work in tandem with increased production, increased public awareness and conservation."

Utilis is the only patented technology using satellite microwave technology to penetrate soil in the search for drinking water associated with leaking pipes. As the world's only drinking water leak detection provider, their algorithm brings remote sensing technologies to the forefront of protecting the earth's resources. Headquartered in Israel, with a United States subsidiary in San Diego, CA, Utilis currently provides innovative solutions for utilities around the globe. For more information on Utilis and to learn more about our technology visit

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