Posted by Leakage on April 24, 2012 at 16:20:26:
Good article in the Times today about a Dublin City Council project on tackling leakage.
The interesting bit was that no matter how much of the mains infrastructure they replaced in a test region, they couldn't get to the root cause of a large proportion of the wastage levels until the individual homes were metered - they then found that "Three houses in particular had astronomically high usage, one house was using the equivalent of 80 houses’ worth of water, another using the same as 50 houses and a third the equivalent of 30 houses".
The debate about how we pay for all this is not part of the discussion but it is interesting to note that the city manager said that in the UK when they tackle these issues that it was more economical to part-fund the replacement of customer pipes than to allow such wastage.
Check out the graphs in the article - Mayo Co Co is running at nearly 50% wastage levels - that's criminal lads!
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