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State Policies to Track and Reduce Leakage from Public Water Systems

Monday, February 22, 2016

Every water system leaks. Altogether, billions of gallons of water are lost every day from U.S. drinking water systems. As states and communities contend with the twin challenges of an aging water infrastructure and a changing climate, leaky water systems threaten the quality and reliability of our drinking water.

Some states are leading the way by requiring best practices for estimating, locating, and reducing leaks. Yet many states and cities are not acting and remain woefully uninformed about the true volume of water losses beneath their streets. Click here to read more and view the interactive map.

California Water Board backs program targeting utilities’ water losses

Approves $3.2 million in technical assistance for validated water audits

Monday, January 11, 2016

The California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA) will receive $3.2 million over two years to help California’s water agencies produce validated system water audits, in an action approved by the State Water Resources Control Board on January 5. Accurate water audits are the first step in developing systematic water management programs to cut unnecessary losses of both water and revenue, according to experts. Legislation in 2014 and last year now require the approximately 450 urban water systems to submit validated water audits to the state’s Department of Water Resources (DWR), but proponents say that the utilities’ self interest in discovering and curbing unknown losses of water and money should make the program extremely popular. Click here to continue reading.

Framework Unveiled to Aid in Controlling Utility Water Losses

Friday, October 02, 2015

The largest association of California drinking water professionals today announced the formation of a program to educate and assist drinking water agencies in understanding and reducing unnecessary losses of precious water. The American Water Works Association’s California-Nevada Section (CA-NV AWWA) stated that the California Water Loss Control Collaborative will be a far-reaching framework designed to unify and expand independent water loss initiatives in order to meet the goals of new legislation currently awaiting action by Governor Brown. Click here to continue reading.

Public Eye: Nearly 1 in 10 gallons of water disappears in Sacramento

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nearly 1 in 10 gallons of water vanishes as it flows through pipes and mains in Sacramento’s antiquated drinking-water utility system.

That’s an estimate. No one really knows for sure how much water is lost. Almost half of the city utility’s nearly 126,000 residential connections don’t have meters tracking and tallying how much they use. Because of this, there’s no way of precisely knowing how much water goes missing because of leaky pipes, loose connections, theft or at city hydrants.

Officials at Sacramento’s Department of Utilities aren’t the only ones in the region guessing at the percentage of the water that disappears from municipal pipes.

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In California, Water Restrictions Above Ground and Leaks Below

Friday, June 26, 2015

Californians have been ordered to save water because of the drought. But one of the best ways to save it is to not lose it in the first place. That is why many cities in this thirsty state have declared a war on leaks.

Here on Whitsett Avenue in the San Fernando Valley — or rather about 20 feet below it — the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is replacing much of the Coldwater trunk line, a major artery more than 100 years old.

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