Announcement Date: 1. July 2019
Optimizing leakage levels in the areas covered by demonstration facilities. The areas will also be used as play-ground for practical analysis and investigations of different leakage management solutions and strategies.
The demonstration facilities will be set up using state-of-the-art tools and techniques in order to test, verify and optimize leakage management solutions with the goal to reduce NRW-levels to 4-6 %, and maintain that level. The approach will follow the best practices as recommended by IWA by working on all four pillars of leakage management: 1) Pressure management, 2) Active leakage control, 3) Pipeline management & rehabilitation and 4) Speed & quality of repairs. The intensive data collection planned, which includes individual customer monitoring and data collection of demand, backflow, temperature and other parameters on a 1-hour basis will, together with even more detailed measurements from the network allow for “big data” analysis which is expected to generate new innovative knowledge.
This project intends to establish guidelines for selecting the proper tools and techniques to be implemented at water utilities world-wide in order to reduce the NRW level to a specific target level. It will include several vital aspects such as economic analysis of the return of investment (economic level of leakage), selecting appropriate KPIs for targets and monitoring of effect of different leakage management solutions and the implementation of interfaces between the systems.