Heil2O was founded officially in 2001 and today, it’s the only known provider of water hammer surge suppression devices protecting water distribution systems.
Water hammer is defined as pressure rise in a pipeline caused by a sudden change in the rate of flow in the line. If a valve is closed rapidly anywhere in the system and the fluid momentum causes a series of high overpressures and underpressures (cavitations), it will result in water hammer. It’s why conscientious firemen and water department personnel operate hydrants slowly.
Preventing Water Main Breaks
Contamination in public water systems, researchers agree, often occurs during a water main break. And repairs are often costly, dangerous, and time consuming. Consider:
- In the United States, there are 240,000 water main breaks annually according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Each day, 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water is lost to pipeline failure.
- According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, drinking water systems will experience a yearly shortfall of a minimum of $11 billion to replace deteriorating systems.
- Over the next 20 years, it is projected to cost at least $300 billion to upgrade pipelines.
- Between 1950 and 2000, the population of the U.S. has more than doubled, usage of water per day has increased by more than 200 percent, and per capita usage has risen by 20 percent.
Clearly, protecting a water distribution system is crucial.
Sample photos of deployed products and the undesirable effects and damage caused by water main breaks.