ASTERRA helps Vitens reduce water loss

ASTERRA helps Vitens reduce water loss

Positive results presented at World Water Congress and IWA in Denmark

The use of geospatial data for leak detection makes it possible to monitor vast areas of land for underground water leaks.”

— Ellie Peretz, ASTERRA CEO

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, September 12, 2022 / — ASTERRA today reported positive results after vitens, a water utility based in the Netherlands, has stepped up its efforts to reduce water loss by using ASTERRA Recover satellite leak detection technology. This announcement comes just as the world is focusing on the problem of water loss in International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition in Copenhagen.

Vitens used the information and analytics of ASTERRA technology to monitor more than 900 km of pipes. Using ASTERRA technology, leak detection teams identified 27 leaks during the first four weeks of field work. It was reported that 24 of the 27 leaks found were off-surface and likely would not have been found otherwise.

ASTERRA satellite leak detection technology uses algorithms that analyze polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) to search for the chemical signature of drinking water in soil reflected in radar images. Points of interest or likely leak locations are then provided to the utility during the monitoring period.

“An effective waste water strategy focuses on proactive monitoring and leak detection, increasing data availability, and improving existing methodologies to reduce waste water and pipe replacement programs,” said Ellie Peretz, CEO of ASTERRA. “Using geospatial data for leak detection makes it possible to monitor vast areas of land for underground water leaks. It is a fast and reliable solution for creating sustainable water programs.”

Many utilities, including Vitens, are turning to ASTERRA satellite leak detection as an effective method for tackling water problems linked to two problems: climate change and rising costs in the economy. As the world faces longer and more persistent droughts and rising costs of drinking water production, there are limited options for increasing water supply from existing sources.

In an effort to develop sustainable water supply programs, the focus has shifted to reducing water losses in the distribution network before it reaches consumers. Water that is lost before it reaches the end user is called non-revenue water (NRW). This reduces the supply of potable water and is a cost burden as water is produced but not paid for by the end user.

Further field work is planned to continue studying the remaining points of interest identified by the monitoring system. The Comprehensive Water Loss Program aims for an ambitious NRW reduction by 2030 with a minimum reduction target of 5%.

ASTERRA will be showcasing its leak detection products at the IWA World Congress running until September 15, 2022. On Tuesday, September 13, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, Carlo Pesce, General Manager of Piave Servizi Vodokanal, will make a presentation “Using Satellite Remote Scanning in a Plumbing Condition Assessment Program: The Piave Servizi Case Study”.



ASTERRA (formerly Utilis) provides platform-based geospatial solutions for water utilities, government agencies and the larger infrastructure industry in the areas of roads, railways, dams and mines. ASTERRA products and services take Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PolSAR) data from satellites and turn this data into large-scale decision support tools. The company’s patented algorithms and highly educated scientists and engineers are the key to their mission to become the eyes of humanity on Earth. ASTERRA is investing in artificial intelligence (AI) to take its products to the next level. ASTERRA technology has been used in more than 64 countries since 2017, saving over 210,830 million gallons of potable water, reducing carbon emissions by 134,930 metric tons and saving 527,070 MWh of energy, all in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. ASTERRA is headquartered in Israel with offices in the US, UK and Japan. Their innovative data solutions are used in various verticals around the world. For more information about ASTERRA and to learn more about their technologies, visit


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