The Purpose of This Manual and Its Structure

This manual discusses in great detail methodologies to assess the volume of water losses, water loss control methods and technology, and is aimed at providing the practitioner with all the necessary background and theory to apply proactive water loss management. However, this book also seeks to promote awareness, foster positive attitudes, and pull together not just the ideas of the authors, but also those of other specialists in the field. In addition to our ideas and thoughts stemming from many years of hands-on field intervention against water loss and inefficient use, this book also highlights up-to-date case studies and industry-specific papers to reinforce the concepts and methods already being successfully applied in the field.

Case studies are an excellent tool for assisting operators in preparing a master plan that takes an aggressive stance against water loss and inefficiency.

This book provides many useful case studies, which may be used to justify implementation of a more aggressive water loss management program in your utility.

The fact that somebody else has done it before makes, in many cases, the job of selling an aggressive program and budget to an executive manager or board of directors more feasible. The steps undertaken in a water loss control program are discussed and reviewed in detail throughout this manual. The chapters are self-contained and do not need to be used in order although an operator with no experience in progressive water loss control methods is urged to read the entire book. The manual focuses heavily upon the progressive methods pioneered in the England and Wales in the 1990s and transferred widely on an international basis. It also consistently evaluates the more "traditional" conditions that exist in North America, and other nations, where water loss has not been a foremost priority. This is done to demonstrate that the need to proactively control lost water exists in even the most developed nations, and that easily transferable technology now exists to control water losses.

The manual includes sections that allow the reader to

• Understand the nature and scope of water loss occurring in public water supply systems

• Learn about the latest analytical methods and tools

• Assess water losses for any system by using a standardized water audit and component based analysis of real losses

• Follow through all steps of a successful water loss control (optimization) program

• Implement field interventions to control real losses

• Implement field interventions to control apparent losses

• Implement demand control

• Perform cost to benefit calculations

• Identify when and how to use a contractor or consultant

This manual is intended to be a hands-on tool for water system managers who are motivated to understand the nature of water loss and take meaningful action to reduce it. Its content provides a detailed road map for any water system operator to implement a program that is the appropriate response for an individual water system's needs.

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