Water Utility Infrastructure Management magazine reports that in this era of increased concern about limited water supplies, energy consumption, water quality and climate change, the pressure on water utilities to deliver greater efficiency and operational effectiveness is greater than ever for this energy-intensive industry.
According to the U.S. EPA, water utilities across North America are saving substantial amounts of water through efficiency programs. These savings often translate into capital and operating savings, which allow systems to defer or avoid significant expenditures for water supply facilities and wastewater facilities.
Water conservation and leakage
Water conservation is crucial in this effort. Over the past several years, many studies have been undertaken to estimate water loss. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, national drinking water/wastewater systems received a “D” grade. Non-revenue water levels average just over 20 percent in the United States.
Detecting and repairing leaks is one of water utilities’ main efforts in water conservation. Some factors contributing to water leakage include
- deteriorating infrastructure
- fluctuating water temperatures
- soil movement
- water pressure changes
Due to their low replacement rate, broken and leaking pipes currently account for an annual loss of 1.7 trillion gallons of water (worth $2.6 billion). In drinking water systems, not only do leaks account for lost water, they can also allow contaminants into the system that may endanger public health. In wastewater systems, estimates are that up to 10 billion gallons of raw sewage are released into our waterways every year due to blocked or broken sewer pipes. Early detection and repair of leaks saves water and energy and reduces repair costs. Finding and stopping leaks quickly reduces
- repair costs
- chemical use
- energy consumption
- associated greenhouse gas emissions
- potential public health risk from pathogens entering the systems
We at Sprayroq believe in taking a proactive stance in helping our customers identify appropriate mitigation solutions once they have discovered significant sources of leakage in their systems. If this describes you, give us a call today to enlist our help in turning your water losses into cost savings.