Don't Be a Drip: A TinyML-Based Solution for Acoustic Pipe Leak Detection

Water pipe leaks are perhaps one of the lesser recognized of the big problems that we face. Often out of sight, these leaks are easy to ignore, but the consequences of doing so are substantial. The average household in the US wastes nearly 10,000 gallons of water each year through pipe leaks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A full 10 percent of homes waste over three times that average amount annually. These leaks also extend beyond households to the larger pipelines that supply water to entire communities. Shockingly, it is common for leakage to exceed 50% of the total water distributed through these systems.

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