M36 Water Audits and Loss Control Programs With a clear explanation of the IWA/AWWA water audit methodology and some of the best. AWWA Water Loss Control Committee—leakage management target- .. AWWA Manual M36, Water Audits and Leak Detection, published in and revised. AWWA M Manual: Guideline for Water Industry. Best Management Practices. For Water Loss Control. Began in February Completed in November

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It might take a month or two before you can change the impacts of non-revenue water losses, but I promise you will thank yourself in the long run. The Water Loss Control Committee and the State of Georgia have already published audited water balance and performance indicators data for named Utilities; see for example North American ILIswhich can now increasingly be compared with international leakage management performance at Global ILIs.

Still, transmission infrastructure leaks are not the sole area of concern. M36 uses progressive thinking and solutions on the journey to more accountable water management in North America.

From The Editor August 24, Company Profile Email Us. Republished with permission from the Natural Resources Defense Council. That makes it hard to appreciate the real cost impacts until a complete audit is conducted.

The Value Of Conducting An M36 Water Audit

Quantifying the impacts of water loss extends to both cost implications and water scarcity implications, each with ripple effects to other aspects of water supply operations.

M36 audit implementation highlights three major priority areas for monitoring:. I agree to the Terms and Privacy Statement. Relatively little pressure management has been carried out to date in North America, awsa the M36 Manual recognises, from international case studies and improved predictive concepts, the increasing potential of this approach in North America.


Being prepared to identify and minimize both the costs and the side-effects of unchecked water loss can help to break the vicious cycle where unaccounted losses lead to increased stress on a dwindling resource.

With water distribution pipelines representing two-thirds of projected water utility expenditure across the U.

Component analysis of real losses has been available and used by consultants for over 20 years, but the Water Research Foundation Leakage Component Analysis LCA Model the first freely available to anyone and is explained in M Subscribe I agree to the Terms and Privacy Statement. As ofonly 6 states have mandated use of the M36 methodology, 20 more mandate only rudimentary water-loss reporting, and 24 states have no water-loss reporting mandate at all.

When it comes to non-revenue water losses, how many water utilities are in the same boat — knowing that some degree of water loss is occurring, but never quite getting around to the point of quantifying it?

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Sign up for our free newsletter. According to the AWWA, its zwwa water-audit software was downloaded 7, times between and Here are just some of the topics and step-by-step guidelines covered in the M36 water-audit manual that can help pinpoint water losses and indicate methods for reducing them:.

Pressure data collected for UARL and ILI calculation for systems in the State of Georgia showed an average pressure of 76 psi awwaa metres with the 91 highest pressure systems having an average of 98 psi 69 metres.


Like what you are reading? States that require full compliance with the M36 audit methodology or rudimentary reporting compliance are shown here Figure 2. Answering the question of how your utility is doing starts with establishing an audit performance benchmark, then following up annually awww comparative audits.

The AWWA Water Loss Control Committee aawa adoption of the IWA methodology inand since then have been building a substantial foundation for training and implementing a common approach in each of the 50 states in the U. The AWWA Water Loss Control Committee, the Technical Review Board members who finalized the Manual, and the many volunteers who drafted, edited and provided the significant and critical commentary essential to updating a manual of this magnitude, are to be congratulated on a considerable achievement and a valuable addition to international NRW management.

Part of the challenge in calculating non-revenue water losses comes from the fact that some losses are physically or practically invisible.

Fortunately, the AWWA has a solution in its M36 water audit guidelines and free water-audit software, which provide reliable methodologies for breaking costly old habits. Water use can fall into a variety of categories — revenue-generating, non-revenue-generating, known, and unknown.

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