Effective water loss management is the consolidation of activities, strategies, and tactics with the ultimate goal of reducing water lost within a distribution network from leaks, bursts or apparent losses such as meter under-registration. Non-revenue water is potable drinking water lost somewhere in the water distribution system, never reaching its final destination. This means the water is captured, treated, and pumped around a water supply network, but it is not used or paid for by an end consumer.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive solution to water loss management in Australia or New Zealand, you’ve come to the right place. Aqua Analytics are the leaders in providing effective water leakage management strategies, for major water networks, utilities and local government.
How Does Aqua Analytics Help Reduce Water Loss?
Ever since water has been distributed through networks of underground pipes, quantities of water have leaked before reaching its intended point of use. Many water utilities throughout Australia and New Zealand have commenced leakage management projects intending to achieve a significantly lower level of leakage by establishing better processes and ongoing field activities.
Water utilities must have water asset management plans consistent with other aspects of their corporate or strategic objectives. Water loss is an element in the water supply and should be viewed as an alternative water source in conjunction with the type of resource. To an extent, improved water network management can produce short-term as well as long-term yields.
Management projects for water loss will be specific to each water utility and sometimes to supply zones within a specific water utility. What is economical for one area may not be appropriate for another. Water loss management strategies will also change with time as unit costs of water and active leak detection change, and new techniques become available at a lower cost.
In formulating a water asset management plan for reducing leakage, water utilities need to consider the following six key issues:
- How much do we wish to spend?
- What are the implications of a relatively high level of leakage?
- How can we estimate the savings from leakage management measures?
- How do the regulators (such as IPART in New South Wales) view our leakage reduction targets?
- What existing data sources are available? And do we wish to obtain greater insight into leakage through smart device deployment?
- What are the next steps in formulating a leakage management plan?
- Are there any political considerations we need to consider?
How to Implement Water Loss and Pressure Management Projects?
Non-revenue water reduction projects require the full commitment from a water utility and a strategy with engagement and ownership from senior leadership to repair crews. Utilities with the greatest success with their leakage reduction initiatives have an ingrained, leakage-centric organisational culture, an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, and alignment between different parts of the organisation.
At Aqua Analytics, we engage with utilities early on to understand their objectives, review existing processes, and conduct a gap analysis. This approach allows the development of a customised water loss strategy that ensures success in the local conditions. Specific tactics may include establishing District Metered Areas (DMAs), installing data loggers, implementing pressure management solutions, undertaking step-testing, active leakage control or more intelligent workforce management solutions to improve the speed and quality of repairs. Additionally, our water loss management software allows utilities and councils to have a holistic view of their network-wide leakage reduction efforts and ensure targeted works occur.
What Are the Benefits of Reducing Water Loss?
An ongoing approach to water loss and pressure management ensures that a water utility maintains its water supply network at the best possible level and demonstrates a continuing commitment to its customers through environmental sustainability, prevention of disruptive bursts, and commitment to the maintenance of existing infrastructure. Some other key benefits of water loss reduction projects are:
- More reliable water supply – fixing existing or damaged pipes that are prone to more catastrophic bursts.
- Improved water quality – reducing health risks and contamination by finding and fixing all leaks.
- Reducing levels of leakage – reducing the amount of treated potable drinking water lost underground and the associated cost saving.
Management projects for water loss are most successful when alignment exists between Asset Management, Operations and Digital groups within the water utility. We focus on ensuring that all key stakeholders are aligned with the leakage strategy and implementation.
How Can Aqua Analytics Help With Water Loss Management Efforts?
Establishing water loss management projects in water distribution networks isn’t straightforward. It requires a range of leakage reduction activities such as DMA establishment (or Virtual DMA), pressure management, step-testing, and a comprehensive approach to active leak detection services to drive down water loss.
Aqua Analytics have unsurpassed experience in delivering high-performance water loss reduction projects throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. At all times, our approach is to act as a true partner and an extension of your existing team and alliance partners. This is demonstrated by openly discussing performance-based contracts that link our fees to the results we achieve.
In addition, our team are active members of the IWA Water Loss Specialist allowing global collaboration with industry peers on technologies and methods for water loss pressure management.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can assist with water loss management and leakage reduction programs throughout Australia, Zealand, and Asia.
What Other Services Do Aqua Analytics Provide?
Not only do we provide effective water pressure and loss management solutions, but Aqua Analytics has also pioneered smart water management solutions with a focus on real-time monitoring, pipe condition assessment and leak detection services. We utilise various technology-driven methods and solutions to provide our clients with intelligent, intuitive, and practical strategies to manage their assets.
Our services include:
- Active Leak Detection
- Pipeline Condition Assessment
- Smart Water Consulting
- Smart Water Networks
- Smart Water Metering
- Valve and Hydrant Assessment
- Water Loss Management
What Areas Do Aqua Analytics Service?
With offices across Australia and in New Zealand and Singapore, we provide domestic and international services for your water management needs. If you are unsure whether we can reach you, get in contact with our friendly team, and we’ll let you know whether we can help.
What Is Aqua Analytics’ Approach to Safety?
HSQE stands for workplace health, safety, quality, and environment and is integral to everything we do at Aqua Analytics. We take our commitment to HSQE standards seriously and hold certifications for the following standards:
- ISO 14001:2015
- ISO 9001:2015
- ISO 45001:2018
The health and safety of all our staff is paramount, and we make continuous efforts to improve safety performance every year. We do this by:
- Complying with statutory HSQE requirements, codes, standards, and guidelines
- Assessing HSQE risks and taking appropriate measures to reduce potential risks
- Establishing objectives and targets with the intent of reducing and eliminating work-related injuries and incidents
- Defining clear roles and responsibilities for HSQE across the whole company.
Some of our HSQE strategies include:
- Providing ongoing education and training to our employees ensuring that all employees can carry out their duties in a safe manner
- Consulting with employees and other parties to improve decision-making on HSQE matters
- Ensuring HSE management principles are included in all organisational planning activities
- Performing routine HSQE audits to assess compliance with HSQE laws and company policies
- Distributing HSQE information, including this policy, to all employees and interested parties
- Providing enough resources to ensure occupational health, safety, quality and environment is a central part of the organisation
How Much Do Your Services Cost?
When crafting intelligent water management solutions, we are unable to provide one size fits all estimations. As every job we work on is unique, we quote on a project-by-project basis. Whether you are looking for a long-term engagement or short-term assistance, we provide clear and transparent pricing structures that best accommodate your budget without compromising on the quality of our solutions.
If you would like to discuss your active leak detection, water loss management, pipeline assessment or smart network management project, get in touch with the Aqua Analytics team today.