Water Loss Analytics Resources

Some statistics on water loss (“non revenue water”):  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-revenue_water . Non Revenue water in developing countries can exceed 30%.

Great resources (books)

Water Loss Control by Julian Thornton, Reinhard Sturm, George Kunkel and

Water Loss Reduction by Zheng Wu Et al.

A very practical guide: Leak Detection by Stuart Hamilton and Bambos Charalambous.

The conference in Vienna, AustriaWater Loss 2014, March 30-April 2, 2014.

Conference sessions include: Major Projects, Apparent Losses, District Metering, Innovative Concepts, Asset Management, Focus on Asia, Smart Technology, New Initiatives and Ideas, Sustainability and Efficiency, Leak Detection – New Trends and Ideas, Performance Indicators – and what to do without data?, Modelling to find leaks, Financial Considerations, Leakage and pressure – theory and implementation, Software, modeling and water loss assessment, Pressure Management,  Operations and Change Management, Trunk Mains, More success with good data!, The Importance of Hydraulic Models,Important issues from around the world, Water and energy, Interesting Case studies, Challenges and Ideas, National Initiatives, New Analytical Tools.

The conference ACE14,  American Water Works Association, Boston, June 8-12, 2014.

Conference topics include: Strategic Leadership for Utility Management, Solutions to Keep Your Utility Thriving, Utility Project Implementation, Communicating With Stakeholders,Regulatory Compliance: Tomorrow’s Solutions Today,Think Globally, Act Locally,Integrated Resource Management,Potable Reuse: Trends and Opportunities,Resource Conservation and Efficiency: Practical Applications, Solutions to Source Water Quality Challenges, Pathogens and Emerging Contaminants: Identification and Monitoring, DBPs: Monitoring and Treatment,Inorganics and Algae: Treatment and Mitigation, Water Treatment: Enhanced Design Principles, Rethinking Treatment and Distribution Infrastructure, Infrastructure Replacement and Renewal, Technology for Utility Operations, Optimizing Distribution System Operations

The thread on Optimizing Distribution System Operations include sessions on:

  • Getting a Grip on External Corrosion Control for Infrastructure Sustainability
  • Pressure Pipe Design Factors
  • Making Water Visible With Advanced Metering Analytics
  • Advancements in Water Quality and Distribution System Modeling
  • Water Efficiency From the Distribution System to the Customer
  • Water Loss: Current Trends in Best Management Practices
  • On-line Distribution System Water Quality Monitoring

The thread on Smart Technology, New Initiatives and Ideas include sessions on:

  • Working Smarter, Not Harder – Using Technology to Optimiize Water Supply and Distribution System Operations
  • Smart Water Networks: From AMR to AMI and Capitalizing on Long Term Benefits
  • SCADA: Effective Planning, Delivery, and Maintenance
  • Unique Approaches to Design & Construction of Water Infrastructure
  • Real-Time Distribution System Technology: Models and Tools
  • CFD and Transient Modeling

Analytical Themes: 

Component Analysis, Smart Water Networks, Hydraulic Models, Optimization, Anomaly Detection, Burst Detection, Demand Analysis, Pressure Management, Noise Logging/Acoustic Leak Detection,  Meter Aging/Error Rates, Automated Meter Readings, Optimal Pipe Replacement, Data Integration, GIS, Terrain considerations / Geography, Incentives to conserve water,  Costs to supply water


Asset Data, Customer Data, Geographic Data, Elevation, Weather

Data Integration:

Billing, Sensor Data, Rehabilitation, Static Historical Data, Accounting/AssetValue/Depreciation, External Data: Weather, Geography, Soil, Terrain, GIS Data

Interesting Avenues for Innovation: 

  • Linking Macro Economic and External Micro Data to measurement of demand for water
  • Connecting economic growth and business growth to water usage
  • Finding gaps between building infrastructure and lagging and leading economic growth
  • Data Mashups – Weather and night usage
  • Connecting electricity usage and water usage (e.g. in Germany)
  • Data validation through relating available data to macro data (e.g. weather)
  • Connecting Economics and human behavior to NRW (non-revenue water)

Other Resources and Software

The website of Allan Lampert: www.leakssuite.com, contains software, a summary of key concepts relating to Water Loss and Pressure Management and many other resources.

Academic Resources (general : water economics)

The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Center for Environmental Studies has a nice site called Water Economics with links to researchers, blogs, organizations, and data among many other resources.  For a list of academic researchers, click here. It doesn’t appear complete in any way, however.


Columbia University’s Water Center, part of Columbia’s Earth Institute has as its director, Upmanu Lall, and staff here. One focus of the center is Data Analytics and Multi-Scale Predictions, in particular “Columbia Water Center is a leader in predicting seasonal hydroclimate forecasts and associated risk analyses. These forecasts are used for a variety of applications, including integrating climate forecasts into water allocation procedures for urban, industrial and agricultural consumers”

Coursera’s new class ‘Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries” (posted May-July 2014) taught by Dale Whittingdon (UNC Chapel Hill) and Duncan Thomas (University of Manchester) is a terrific introduction to the whole area of Water in developing countries.  There are 6 short lectures: Introduction, Organizational Inefficiencies and Political Economy, Supply, Demand for Water and Sanitation, Outcomes and Climate Change, Development Paths.


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