Satellite-Based Leak Detection and Analysis

Efficiently leverage leak detection across potable and wastewater systems

Product Overview

ASTERRA Recover locates and analyzes moisture leaking from underground pipes so that repairs can be planned and expedited. With Recover, entire city-wide systems for drinking water and wastewater can be monitored and analyzed. Even leaks that are non-surfacing or have left no surface evidence at all are easily located. Ground crews can then be used with maximum efficiency, digging to repair the leaks that Recover has found rather than digging to look.

Recover represents the most significant advance in underground water leak detection in 80 years and won the inaugural AWWA Innovation Award in 2021. Using algorithms that have been fine-tuned with the power of AI and machine learning to recognize the signatures of water leaking from different systems, Recover provides likely leak locations as a subscription. Compared to current leak detection services and methods, Recover satellite-based leak detection technology not only identifies more leaks, it increases field crew efficiency up to 400%!

How Recover Works


Satellite images are acquired


Radiometric corrections are made


Recover’s algorithm analyzes the data


Data is delivered via web-based subscription and intuitive user interface

The Recover Differentiators

Since its first commercial use, Recover has been a “game-changer.” With Recover’s underground leak detection, an entire system can be monitored throughout the year. No capital spending is needed, and ground crews can be used far more efficiently, repairing instead of searching for leaks. The satellite collects data from a high altitude, covering large areas, and can quickly analyze the most expansive systems. Since 2016, 36,000+ leaks have been verified, and Recover is now saving the world over 9,200 million gallons of drinkable water and 21,800 MWH of energy annually, figures that grow every year.


Potable Water

Recover offers the water industry the lowest cost per leak found on the market, averaging 3.5 leaks found per crew day vs. 1.3 using traditional acoustic methods. In an industry that loses 17 billion gallons of water a year worldwide, Recover can significantly impact a company’s NRW. In addition to reducing water loss, Recover reduces wasted energy costs and related pollution, including carbon release.


Recover helps the wastewater industry protect itself from the problems that can arise when underground leaks go unseen and uncorrected. These include the risk of significant fines, consent decrees, and other legal consequences. Recover can also help avoid damage to their reputation from the introduction of wastewater into underground environments if it had been preventable through early discovery and repair.

What's Included

Likely leak locations available on the customer web portal via subscription

Clients can view directly on ASTERRA’s web platform

Geographic Information System (GIS) data also compatible with customer’s GIS platform of choice

Online dashboard provides high level metrics

Synopsis of Findings

Recover is available as a subscription with various levels of service to match your needs. Recover provides customers with leak detection monitoring for drinking and wastewater systems in a fast, affordable, efficient manner. We help customers improve operational efficiency and optimize budgets with infrastructure intelligence that facilitates proactive pipe repair and planning.

Additional Resources

Press June 3, 2021

New AWWA award recognizes Utilis for innovative water solution

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Green Bay Water Utility Case Study: Remote Satellite Imaging for Leak Detection
Case Studies March 30, 2021

Green Bay Water Utility Case Study: Remote Satellite Imaging for Leak Detection

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Blogs May 13, 2021

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The SSW Leakage Reduction Plans and Satellite Leak Detection
Case Studies March 4, 2021

The SSW Leakage Reduction Plans and Satellite Leak Detection

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Using Space-Based Innovation to Manage Assets
Case Studies October 21, 2020

Using Space-Based Innovation to Manage Assets

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New Braunfels: Satellite Data and Traditional Leak Detection
Case Studies January 1, 2020

New Braunfels: Satellite Data and Traditional Leak Detection

Satellite Data Complements Traditional Leak Detection Through its approach to reducing real water losses, a small Texas utility demonstrates how...

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