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AI Startup Digs Up Business Opportunity in Aging Water Pipes

Jan. 29, 2020, 12:54 AM

When a fifth of the residents of Wakayama in southwestern Japan faced a three-day water stoppage last week to fix a 60-year-old pipe network, they rushed to get ready, only to learn that the repairs could be made without a shutdown.

Some 3,000 complaints were filed to city officials, who said they had no way of knowing until they dug up the pipes.

Cities across the world are facing similar challenges in dealing with deteriorating infrastructure, because of a lack of precision in where and when to fix aging water pipelines. Global climate change, with an increasing frequency of floods,...

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