Gregory, Texas, officials are planning to lock water meters of residents who are behind on their payments, as the total delinquent payments are $113,000, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
City water officials are also planning to install automated readers to improve efficiency in reading the water supply in the town and detecting leaks, the source reported.
New technologies and services for detecting and stopping leaks provide customers with peace of mind. A recent innovation came from Yorkshire University in England, where engineers developed a system that locates leaky water pipes in a reliable and accurate way.
According to Ofwat, the water and sewerage regulator of England and Wales, between 20 and 40 percent of total water supply can be lost through damaged pipes.
The new system tests infrastructure by transmitting a pressure wave throughout its pipes. When the waves detect an inconsistent feature, like a foundation leak, it can be located by a signal sent back from the waves.
Although this service is in its infancy and is not available, other leak detection technologies allow water companies and consumers to save money, time, hassle and the environment.