Water Loss and Leak Detection Industry Updates

  1. An FYI On AMI ROI
    2/2/2018

    Any water utility that has to impose restrictions due to water scarcity appreciates the value of conservation. On the other hand, there are utilities that — knowingly or unknowingly — permit as much as 20 to 40 percent of their treated water to trickle away without collecting a cent for it. If you have experienced either extreme, but are not already using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), what’s holding you back? Before dismissing AMI as being too costly, too technical, or too difficult to implement, consider the following cost-benefit opportunities.

  2. What's So 'Smart' About AMI Investment?
    2/2/2018

    According to the EPA, the volume of treated water lost annually through distribution systems is 1.7 trillion gallons at a national cost of $2.6 billion. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is one way to uncover the “hidden” details behind that assault on water distribution efficiency. In addition, innovative use of AMI smart water solutions also creates cost-efficient ways to optimize performance beyond recouping losses due to leaks, theft, or incomplete billing.

  3. Overcoming Your AMI Objections
    2/2/2018

    Water conservation has long been a hot topic between water utilities and their end users for a variety of reasons — seasonal water scarcity, overextended treatment facilities, periodic maintenance disruptions, etc. But when it comes to managing data that can help control water losses and recover billings for non-revenue water (NRW), why is it so hard to practice what we preach? This article dispels some of the common myths related to advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology that can help cut treated water losses and generate previously overlooked revenue.

  4. Overwhelmed By Water Main Breaks, Philadelphia Opens Social Media Service Requests
    1/31/2018

    In a move that will likely be appreciated by ratepayers but could open another avenue for undue criticism, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has decided to field complaints about water main breaks on social media.

  5. During Cold Snap, New Orleans Issues Boil Water Advisory
    1/29/2018

    A temporary boil water advisory was issued in New Orleans last week, indicating serious problems with the city’s drinking water infrastructure during cold weather.

  6. Report Outlines Dire Conditions Of New Jersey Water/Wastewater Infrastructure
    1/19/2018

    As communities all over the country continue to deal with aging and failing infrastructure, a report in New Jersey outlines just how desperate the situation is.

  7. Now Public, Utility Still Faces Infrastructure Challenges
    1/18/2018

    The water system in Missoula, MT, had been private for over a century. In June, the city regained ownership of the system and over six months later, it’s interesting to see where the transition stands.

  8. San Diego’s Post-Drought Water Woes: Lead, Sewage, Non-Revenue Water
    1/4/2018

    Despite the fact that California’s drought is over, San Diego’s water worries have not evaporated.

  9. Can Microtrenching Reduce Water Main Breaks?
    12/21/2017

    Google Fiber has caused some headaches for water utilities because installing superfast internet connections sometimes breaks water and sewer lines.

  10. Digital Water: How One Community Saved More Than $20 Million By Finding Leaks With Data
    12/6/2017

    White House Utility District (WHUD), Tennessee’s largest geographic water utility serving approximately 90,000 consumers and businesses, is using data to stem water loss and create savings for its customers.