Leakage is one of the primary concerns for water utilities worldwide, yet North American investment in water loss has, historically, not addressed the problem with sufficient urgency or expertise.
Slowly, the regulatory lag to efficiently control leakage is beginning to shift. Currently, 29 states in the U.S. have at least one agency that either mandates or incentivizes some form of water loss control. Aging distribution systems, economics, water scarcity, and regulatory pressure incentivize water loss control programs in light of costly replacement and repair decisions. Agencies are driven to evaluate their losses and invest in economic leakage management solutions as water resources become scarcer and more expensive.