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Utah’s Water System Efficiency Assessment & Water Loss Control Program

Monday, June 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Utah’s Water System Efficiency Assessment & Water Loss Control Program
By Alane Boyd, IMS-AWWA Executive Director


The Intermountain Section is venturing into an exciting partnership with the Utah Division of Water Resources (DWRe), Orem City, Kearns Improvement District, and Granger Hunter Improvement District on a program to help water utilities improve water efficiency within their systems and control water loss through a water system audit process.  Billions of gallons of water are lost every day from U.S. drinking water systems. As states and communities contend with the twin challenges of an aging water infrastructure and a changing climate, leaky water systems threaten the quality and reliability of our water.

In the past, water conservation has primarily targeted customer water demand via the use of water efficiency measures such as low-flow plumbing fixtures, conservation water rates, and public education. However, in the broader context of water supply management, water utilities also have a responsibility to manage valuable water resources wisely.  This project strives to provide water utilities with effective tools and methods to promote accountability and efficiency in their supply operations.

Water Audits are a simple supply side conservation tool that identify real water losses (e.g. leakage) within water systems.  Once real water losses are identified, systems can implement control measures to save that water.

The goal of this program will be to explore and learn about the effectiveness of the water system audit process to collect reliable water supply and use data and pilot this system with Orem City, Kearns Improvement District, and Granger Hunter Improvement District.  This program is structured to provide DWRe, the Division of Water Rights (DWR), and the Division of Drinking Water (DDW) with clear guidance and a standardized methodology for validation of water system supply and demand data. This program will also publicize the importance of water system auditing and data validation through outreach efforts to water utilities.  The general message of these outreach efforts will include the importance of and ways to accomplish supply side conservation.

The Intermountain Section will be providing training opportunities in the fall for water system personnel to learn about the methods and standards outlined in the AWWA’s M36 Manual on Water Audits and Loss Control Program, along with the AWWA Free Water Audit Software©.  Look for more information in the near future.

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