Pressure Monitoring & Analysis


Pressure management consists of monitoring and controlling water pressure in a water distribution system. Through in-depth monitoring and analysis of pressure characteristics, informed data-based decisions can be made to help reduce pressure transients and system fatigue.


Water utilities worldwide are faced with aging infrastructure while dealing with budget cuts and labour shortages. Day-to-day operations of pumps, valves, and hydrants take a toll on a water system over time. In addition, changes to system demands, community development, and construction activities all have an impact on the water system. Through PMA, our team at Velocity can provide data on how these variables are impacting your water distribution system.


This is where our team at Velocity Water Services can help. With the use of our highly sophisticated pressure sensors, we can help provide the data you need to make informed decisions about your water distribution network.

General Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems in a water treatment plant or pumphouse do not provide enough detail to capture the transient events that happen in a water network. With a sample rate of 256 pressure samples per second, our equipment can detect even the smallest and quickest transient events within your system.

Applications for Pressure Monitoring & Analysis

  • Monitor and optimize water supply and operations
  • Identify pressure transients
  • Calibrating hydraulic models
  • Real-time situational awareness of water pressure and supply, including:
    • During unexpected interruptions such as temporary water supply or partial system shutdown
    • System monitoring during extreme weather events
    • During planned outages for rehabilitation
  • Reducing non-revenue water loss
  • Customer pressure complaint investigation
  • Compiling data to assist in the planning of new developments

What are the benefits of Pressure Management?


Reduce non-revenue water

By reducing pressure, we reduce the amount of water that is lost through real loss in a water system.

Reduce pipe fatigue

Through pressure transient reduction, we can ultimately reduce pipe fatigue. This will assist in deferring infrastructure replacements and extend asset life of water mains and service connections.

Reduce burst and leak frequency

As an added benefit to reducing pipe fatigue, this will reduce the amount of water main bursts and leaks that occur.

Provide energy savings

Reducing system pressure will, in turn, reduce the rates at which distribution pumps consume energy.

Reduce customer complaints. 

By analyzing system pressure and making proactive improvements, a utility can deliver a more consistent water pressure that meets its customers' needs.


Benefits resulting from pressure management all contribute to cost savings and help foster a positive public perception of the water utility.



With the use of our portable pressure sensors, which can be connected to fire hydrants or anywhere there is a threaded connection, and a "lift & shift" approach, we can monitor system pressure from many locations throughout your water distribution system.

Our sensors provide:

  • Continuous communication via mobile networks. Event alerts can be received by both Email and SMS.
  • Setpoints can be imputed to allow immediate notification of high- or low-pressure events. Providing granular data for each occurrence that can later be analyzed.
  • When your GIS data is uploaded into our software, transient events can be analyzed to find the location in which the event originated.
  • Our sensors are backed with software that can identify common transient waveforms and classify similar and repeated events to better understand what is happening in your water system.
  • Pressure sensors can be integrated and synchronized with a flow meter to allow matching time-stamped comparisons for pressure and flow.

Pressure and Flow Meter Integration


Pressure Monitoring & Analysis can be integrated with our other services.

Leak Detection – In addition to proactively completing leak detection surveys, pressure monitoring & analysis can allow for optimal pressure management, which can help reduce the volume of non-revenue water that is being lost from all leaks. If there is a backlog on leak repair, PMA can help reduce real loss until you address the leaks.

Hydrant Flow Testing – When looking to obtain data for a water system for things such as hydraulic modelling, fire flow testing, new construction & development. Pressure monitoring & analysis can be completed simultaneously with flow testing to best understand how a system will react in different areas, such as areas of high elevation.