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10 Reasons Why Utilities Ignore Non-Revenue Water

Mary Ann Dickinson, Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine - Originally Posted on July 19, 2016 Reposted on March 29, 2020

Utilities nationwide are facing incredible costs to upgrade aging and inadequate infrastructure and address challenges related to drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management - estimated at up to $1 trillion by AWWA.

There are a few ways utilities can go about shoring up this needed revenue. One strategy that can help utilities recover significant revenue as well as a cost-effective supply: fixing their leaks. The benefits of analyzing apparent and real losses in a utility system are so clear as to be irrefutable. So why are utilities not flocking to examine non-revenue water loss?

Here is our take on this problem. Perhaps by openly acknowledging some of these barriers, we can make progress to overcome them.

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