Volume 5, Issue 2
Published: March 10, 2017
Feeling the pressure to reduce leakage?

Water is a resource that is often taken for granted. As we see the effects of climate change and population growth, the challenges we will face regarding water supply and availability will only increase. But what does pressure management have to do with scarcity of water? Every water utility has some degree of leakage or water loss within their systems, which can be greatly reduced by pressure management.

According to the European Environment Agency, between 4% and 50% of the water pumped or fed into distribution systems simply leaks out of the system and into the ground. The majority of European countries fall in between 10-30% leakage while developing countries can be as high as 70%.

So what is the cause of these leaks? Ageing infrastructure (old pipes and valves), cracked pipes, poorly maintained valves, leaking gaskets, and leaking threaded connections at curb or corporation stops are only a few examples of where these leaks or water loss occurs.

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