Leak Detection, Analytics, & AI With Paul Bassett, Vice President of Water Efficiency

Leak Detection, Analytics, & AI With Paul Bassett

In today’s utility industry, the need for swift and sustainable solutions is at its peak. Envocore leads the charge, pioneering in Leak Detection, Analytics, and AI to tackle and foresee industry hurdles. With Paul Bassett, Envocore’s Vice President of Water Efficiency and a fervent advocate for sustainability and efficiency in water and energy, steering the conversation, we delve into how these cutting-edge technologies are reshaping leak detection.


Can you describe AI-driven leak detection technologies that Envocore has adopted in recent years? How does it differentiate from traditional methods?

Envocore is redefining leak detection with AI-driven systems that blend machine learning and advanced data analytics. Unlike traditional, time-consuming methods, these smart systems analyze data in real-time, predict and pinpoint potential issues, and enable swift, automated responses to leaks, maximizing precision and efficiency. This shift from manual, reactive measures to proactive, automated solutions translates to significant environmental and financial benefits. We’re witnessing a pivotal moment as these futuristic technologies empower sustainable, safe, and streamlined operations within the utility sector.


As a passionate sustainability advocate, how do you see the role of advanced leak detection and analytics in promoting environmental conservation and resource management?

These technologies offer several key benefits that align closely with the principles of sustainability:

Reduction of Waste:

One of the most direct benefits of advanced leak detection is the ability to identify and address leaks promptly, which significantly reduces the waste of valuable resources like water. 

Energy Efficiency:

Efficient leak detection helps maintain optimal operating conditions, reducing the energy required for pumping and transportation.

Support for Regulatory Compliance:

Many regions have strict environmental regulations designed to minimize leaks and their impacts. Advanced leak detection systems can help companies comply with these regulations by providing precise, real-time data about their operations, reducing the risk of legal penalties and reputational damage.

Promotion of Sustainable Practices:

By integrating advanced analytics into their operations, companies can not only detect and fix leaks but also analyze data for patterns and weaknesses in their systems. 

As a sustainability advocate, I see advanced leak detection and analytics as essential tools in the broader strategy of sustainable resource management. They help bridge the gap between industrial activities and environmental stewardship, ensuring that industries can operate efficiently without compromising the health of the planet or its inhabitants. 


What challenges does the water and energy sector currently face in terms of infrastructure sustainability, and how is Envocore addressing these issues through its services and solutions?

The water and energy sectors face numerous challenges regarding infrastructure sustainability, primarily due to aging systems, environmental pressures, and the increasing demands of a growing global population. 

Challenges in Infrastructure Sustainability

Aging Infrastructure:

Many water and energy systems around the world were built decades ago and are nearing the end of their operational life. Aging pipelines, treatment facilities, and power grids are more prone to failures and leaks, which can result in significant resource loss and environmental damage.

Climate Change:

Increasing variability in weather patterns affects water availability and energy supply. For example, droughts can reduce water reserves, and heat waves can increase energy consumption for cooling.

Regulatory Compliance:

Stricter environmental regulations require significant upgrades to existing infrastructure to meet new standards, which can be costly and technically challenging.

Financial Constraints:

Upgrading infrastructure requires substantial investment. Many utilities and energy companies face financial constraints, making it difficult to invest in necessary improvements.

Technological Integration:

Incorporating new technologies into old systems is often complex and requires significant expertise and investment.

Envocore’s Approach to Addressing These Challenges

Advanced Metering Infrastructure:

This technology can detect anomalies that indicate leaks or inefficiencies, helping to extend the lifespan of infrastructure and reduce waste.

Retrofitting and Upgrades:

Through retrofitting services, we help upgrade outdated systems with more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly components. 

Data Analytics:

Envocore leverages data analytics to help utilities optimize their operations. Analyzing data from various sources allows for predictive maintenance, which can prevent failures and extend infrastructure life.

Customized Solutions:

Whether it’s reducing energy and water consumption in municipal buildings or harvesting ground water for cooling tower makeup, Envocore tailors its offerings to meet the unique needs of each customer.


Leak detection technology is evolving rapidly. How do you envision the future of this technology, especially in terms of AI and IoT integration, over the next decade?

In the next decade, the union of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to transform leak detection technology, making infrastructure management both smarter and more sustainable. We’re looking at sensors that go beyond current capabilities, offering extensive coverage and operational in even the toughest conditions. As IoT becomes more affordable, its widespread application will unleash vast datasets for AI to analyze, enhancing accuracy in leak prediction and identification. 

Furthermore, automated responses and the integration with broader smart systems promise vastly improved efficiency. This shift towards advanced predictive maintenance, paired with the seamless processing power of cloud and edge computing, illustrates a future where leak detection not only anticipates problems but also prevents them, steering the utility industry toward a more resilient and sustainable future.


What role do customer education and engagement play in Envocore’s strategy to enhance sustainability and efficiency in water and energy use? How do you ensure clients are well-informed and involved?

Customer education and engagement are critical components of Envocore’s strategy to enhance sustainability and efficiency in water and energy use. Educating and engaging clients not only helps in achieving immediate project goals but also fosters long-term partnerships and promotes a broader understanding and commitment to sustainability practices. Here’s how Envocore might approach customer education and engagement:

  • Education Through Workshops & Seminars
  • Customized Training Programs
  • Transparent Reporting
  • Engaging Through Digital Platforms
  • Collaborative Goal Setting
  • Sustainability Advocacy
  • Follow-up and Continuous Improvement


As the future of sustainability efforts, what message or advice would you give to young professionals aspiring to make a difference in environmental conservation through technology?

For young professionals and students eager to make a difference in environmental conservation and sustainability through technology, the journey is as rewarding as it is challenging. Here are some pieces of advice to help guide and inspire your efforts:

  1. Stay Informed and Curious: The field of environmental technology is rapidly evolving. Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in both technology and environmental science. 
  2. Network and Collaborate: Building a network of like-minded professionals and mentors can provide support, inspire ideas, and open opportunities. Collaboration across disciplines and industries can lead to innovative solutions that a single perspective might miss.
  3. Think Globally, Act Locally: Understand global sustainability issues but focus on how you can make an impact at a local level.
  4. Be Patient and Persistent: Change in environmental conservation doesn’t happen overnight. It requires patience, perseverance, and dedication. There will be challenges and setbacks, but your contributions are essential for long-term change.
  5. Advocate and Educate: As you gain expertise, use your knowledge to advocate for sustainable practices and educate others about the importance of environmental conservation. 

Remember, every small effort counts, and the collective action of individuals like you can drive substantial change for a better future.

Reach Out to Envocore Today

Join the sustainable transformation with Envocore — where innovative technologies meet actionable insight. Elevate your utility management to unprecedented levels of efficiency and reliability. Act now for a greener tomorrow.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Paul Bassett for his invaluable contributions and forward-thinking insights. Together, we are forging a path towards a more sustainable future.

Start a Project

Contact us to start a project, and get more information.

Let’s get started ⟶