Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market is segmented by Solution (Leak Detection Services, Software, Hardware), by End-user (Water, Wastewater), and Geography

Market Snapshot

Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >8.86 %

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Market Overview

The smart leak detection solutions market is expected to register a CAGR of 8.86% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027).

  • Smart leak detection solution involves pressure sensors, smart water meters, and network management software that provide users with crucial information about the health of their clean water distribution network. Further, artificial intelligence (AI) based software utilizes real-time data to provide the information that the user requires to identify the exact locations of failed pipes, detect risks, and minimize the real water losses without disrupting the operation of the network. This decision intelligence encourages users to make high capital and better operation decision in water transfers and distribution management.
  • The high rate of urbanization in most emerging countries has augmented the pressure on current water and wastewater infrastructure, which, in turn, has propelled the demand for smart leak detection solutions, partly to enhance asset efficiency and partially to meet water conservation goals.
  • The reduction of network leakage is identified as a crucial factor in attaining water sustainability. According to Water UK, a membership organization representing all key statutory water and wastewater service providers, there is over 345,000km of mains water pipes in the UK alone. Throughout this extensive network, Water UK briefs that 2,954 million liters of water, approximately 20-30% of UK water production, are lost daily due to the leakage. The UK regulator, Ofwat, is leading the way worldwide by setting water companies a target to lower leakage by nearly 16% by 2025. Also, the UK water companies have been dedicated to going further, seeking to provide a 50% reduction in leakage by 2050.
  • As water companies focus on monitoring their network more closely, they are significantly seeking to adopt smart leak detection devices and solutions to build a smart model, running simulations of extreme weather events and the effect on their system. This, in turn, facilitates the water companies to foresee potential overspill events and helps them prioritize decisions about network investment.
  • Further, utilities' focus on a 'one-stop solution provider' for leak detection in both their wastewater and water networks is boosting solution providers to adopt new business models such as leak (or non-revenue water (NRW)) management-as-a-service (LMaaS) and technology-as-a-service (TaaS). LMaaS helps concentrate on the growth and market penetration of smart solutions like continuous leak monitoring and proactive prevention, whereas, TaaS facilitates service providers to control and strategically expand and improve their technology offerings.

Scope of the Report

Smart leak detection solutions are driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) technology and quickly respond to water leakage in various applications so that organizations can function efficiently without any service disruptions or requirements to go offline. A smart leak detection solution involves advanced sensors and gateways connected via a cloud platform for data management. These solutions further enable end-users to make better decisions concerning the leaking areas by creating actionable insights and informative reports.

The market is segmented by solution (leak detection services, software (including data analytics), hardware (tracer gas equipment, pressure sensor, acoustic sensor, in-line probes/robots, aerial imagery)), and geography. Further, the study's end-user segment includes water and wastewater. The study analyzes the trends of the key players in the industry and includes the impact of COVID-19 on the market.​

By Solution
Leak Detection Services
Software (including Data Analytics)
Tracer Gas Equipment
Pressure Sensor
Acoustic Sensor
In-line Probes/Robots
Aerial Imagery
By End User
North America
Latin America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Scarcity of Water and Aging Water Infrastructure is Creating a Demand for Smart Leak Detection Solutions

  • The growing population and continuous change in climate worldwide are the major factors leading to water scarcity. As per the latest UN World Water Development Report, climate change affects the availability, quality, and quantity of water needed for basic human requirements, thus, damaging sanitation and safe drinking water for billions of people.
  • Further, according to the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), limiting global temperature is a seriously emerging concern that increases to below 2°C and is achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Therefore, immediate action should be taken by adopting several solutions to control water and climate in an organized manner.
  • Furthermore, increasing water demand is because of economic development and population growth. As the water necessity globally is observed to be raised by around 600% over the past 100 years according to UN-Water’s SDG6 Indicator Report, this is further expected to augment over the next two decades for industrial, domestic, and agricultural usage. The water requirement for industrial and domestic usage is anticipated to grow faster than agricultural demand worldwide. At the same time, approximately 70% of the total water is utilized for agriculture globally.
  • As per the statistics provided by the United Nations (UN), over 2 billion population worldwide is presently staying in countries with high water stress. To tackle this problem, preserving and using water safely is essential. Installation of smart water leak detection solutions assists in identifying the leakages in installed water pipes, which eventually evades the wastage of water via holes and cracks.
  • Moreover, developed countries such as the UK, the US, and others developed a complex water infrastructure during 1970. Nevertheless, this water infrastructure is aging with time, causing problems such as cracks, pipe corrosion, breakage, and others. The installation of smart leak detection solutions further assists in identifying the location of leakages in these aging water transit pipelines and supports in preventing wastage of clean treated water. Hence, the aging water infrastructure is boosting demand for smart leak detection solutions, which drives the market's growth.
Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market

Asia Pacific is Expected to Register a Significant Market Share During the Forecast Period

  • The Asia-Pacific is anticipated to hold a substantial market share during the forecast period. In the last few years, the urban sewage capacity in the Asia Pacific region has grown remarkably. This growing capacity is likely to propel the region's demand for smart leak detection solutions.
  • For instance, according to International Trade Administration, China is highly focusing on building or renovating 80,000 km of sewage collection pipeline networks and increasing sewage treatment capacity by 20 million cubic meters/day between 2021 and 2025.
  • Further, to fulfill the scarcity of water, the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), in association with the 2030 Water Resources Group, has been planning to enhance wastewater management in India and increase private investments in constructing wastewater treatment plants. Also, IDE Technologies, an Israeli firm, collaborated with the government of Andhra Pradesh to set up desalination plants in several state cities to overcome the water scarcity in the cities.
  • The region is also witnessing the development and introduction of new leak detection technologies. For instance, in September 2021, Landis+Gyr, an integrated energy management solutions provider for utilities, announced to partner with Iota, the commercial domain of Southeast Water. The partnership aimed at offering a network leak detection sensor to help water utilities in Australia and New Zealand reduce non-revenue losses.
  • Acoustic leak detection is also increasingly being used by utility companies. For instance, in July 2021, Aquarius Spectrum, a water leak detection and pipe condition assessment solution provider, announced deploying its acoustic monitoring system (AQS-SYS) on Singapore's drinking water supply network. As per the initiative, Aquarius Spectrum will provide 900 hydroponic sensors for the installation on Singapore's large water mains, with diameters ranging from 500 mm to 2,200 mm. These sensors, designed particularly for underground installation, are deployed to perform leak monitoring on approximately 400 km of the water pipeline for the next five years.
Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market

Competitive Landscape

The Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players such as Hermann Sewerin GmbH, SebaKMT (by Megger), Halma plc, Aquarius Spectrum, Xylem Inc. etc. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. However, with innovations and technological advancements, many of the companies are increasing their market presence by both organic and inorganic growth strategies and also by tapping new markets. Some of the recent developments in the market are:

  • In February 2022, Aquarius Spectrum launched its new AQSense-Edge series of Cat-M/NB-IoT correlating sensors. The AQSense-Edge series supports all water supply pipe materials and diameters, distribution and transmission, and boasts the additional benefit of delivering extensive coverage with fewer sensors, typically up to 3 sensors per 1 km of piping.
  • In May 2021, Big Sky, Montana installed a smart utility network from Sensus, a Xylem brand, to offer remote system monitoring that produces advanced leak detection and quick response to customer requirements. The technology investment combined Sensus iPERL residential water meters with the two-way FlexNet communication network and Sensus Analytics to bring in reliable, near-real-time data from across their service area.

Recent Development

  • In April 2022, South West Water collaborated with California satellite data analysts ASTERRA and local partner SUEZ to utilize satellite data for detecting underground water leaks.
  • In March 2021, SUEZ and technology partner Utilis Corp were appointed to supply satellite leak detection services and onsite leak detection support to FARYS cvba, one of Flanders's key drinking water suppliers, for their drinking water distribution network across Belgium.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview (Current Scenario of Smart Leak Detection Solutions and KPI Analysis)

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.5.3 Threat of Substitute

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of New Entrants

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges


    1. 6.1 By Solution

      1. 6.1.1 Leak Detection Services

      2. 6.1.2 Software (including Data Analytics)

      3. 6.1.3 Hardware

        1. Tracer Gas Equipment

        2. Pressure Sensor

        3. Acoustic Sensor

        4. In-line Probes/Robots

        5. Aerial Imagery

    2. 6.2 By End User

      1. 6.2.1 Water

      2. 6.2.2 Wastewater

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle-East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Hermann Sewerin GmbH

    2. 7.2 SebaKMT (by Megger)

    3. 7.3 Halma plc

    4. 7.4 Aquarius Spectrum

    5. 7.5 Xylem Inc.

    6. 7.6 Pure Technologies Ltd. (Xylem Inc.)

    7. 7.7 Aganova

    8. 7.8 Suez SA

    9. 7.9 Utilis (ASTERRA)

    10. 7.10 TaKaDu

    11. 7.11 OSIsoft LLC (AVEVA)

    12. 7.12 Seeq Corporation

    13. 7.13 FAST GmbH

    14. 7.14 Yokogawa Electric Corporation



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market is growing at a CAGR of >8.86% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Hermann Sewerin GmbH, SebaKMT (by Megger), Halma plc, Aquarius Spectrum, Xylem Inc. are the major companies operating in Global Smart Leak Detection Solutions Market.

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