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01/1/12

Leaky Pipes Mean Lost Money

Is there a better solution to reduce non-revenue water?

From coast to coast, hundreds of water utilities require costly infrastructure replacement in order to meet regulatory compliance standards.

At the same time, cities are losing an estimated 1.7 trillion gallons of water each year, which is literally wasted taxpayer money. In fact, some cities can't account for as much as 40% of the water in their pipes.Unfortunately, repairing these networks and improving their efficiency can be expensive and water costs in many communities often don't even include the full cost of maintenance and repair.

As federal, state and local city budgets are being cut, how can water authorities reduce water leaks without increasing rates to an unreachable level?

Veolia has worked with a number of cities to repair water leaks in a cost-effective manner through public-private partnerships.Within a partnership, private-sector companies can help reduce current and future costs, save citizens money and absorb risk through more efficient management of both underground and above-ground water systems.These arrangements have had tremendous success fixing leaks - while saving consumers money.

For example:
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In New London, Conn., Veolia linked together CMMS, GIS and underground asset software to provide a fully-integrated IT system that utilizes better information databases to bring better decisions to the operation and management of the utility system. As a result, unaccounted-for water has been reduced by 11%, saving 365 million gallons a year.

To counter water loss in an aging system (parts of which were 80 years old) Veolia Water and the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey developed and implemented an aggressive project for leak-detection and repair. As a result, water use dropped 14 percent.

Overseas, in Montauban, France, leak reduction was part of a contract from the get-go. Veolia was recently retained by the municipality, which set performance targets for leak reduction. The contract also requires Veolia to implement remote meter reading, which will enable Veolia to warn customers of any abnormal changes to their consumption. This type of contract allows the municipality to incentivize a private operator to minimize leaks and water loss.

Government agencies and political officials from all spectrums have endorsed the idea of combining the resources of the public and private sectors to manage their community's water system in public-private partnerships. That's why public-private partnerships are at work in more than 2,000 North American communities. The bottom line is that there are a wide variety of tools to help meet water needs even in today's tight realities.
 

Could you save money by reducing water waste? Call us at 312-552-2800 or email us and we can help you answer this question.

 

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