Although many people work hard to ensure important resources like water are not wasted, there are still times when we lose it without even knowing it. When this happens, it means higher water bills, waste of one of our most valuable resources, and sometimes, customers getting their service shut off.
Why Apparent Loss Matters
Attention to curbing water loss in utilities has soared over the past 5 years. In 2015 the first North American Water Loss Conference was held in College Park, GA marking the first national water loss conference in the United States. In 2013 the EPA published a paper stressing the importance of water auditing and water loss control. Water Loss reporting is now regulated in place in 3 states (GA, CA, HI), with several more to join in coming years. The State of California through Executive Order B-37-16and the Cal-Nevada AWWA through its Water Loss Technical Assistance Program continue to promote water audits as a step forward in reducing water loss across California.
While the curbing of overall non-revenue water is the overall goal of these programs and regulations, we have been paying particular attention to a sub-category of total water loss, referred to as apparent loss.
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