Management Conservation/Leak /Water Audits

“Who Stole my Water? The Case for Water Loss Control and Annual Water Audits” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (October 2011)**
This article explains the need for both a “customer” demand-side conservation program and a supply-side “utility” water loss program. The experience of Texas’s five year water audit information gathering and the Philadelphia Water Department annual water audit and cost benefits is highlighted.

“Reducing Capital Budgets Through Pipe Segment Replacement Planning and Acoustic Monitoring” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (April 2011)**
This article discusses the cost savings concept of incremental pipe segment replacement based on acoustic monitoring technologies for large diameter PCCP.

“Colorado Drought, Rates and Reuse” by Gregory M Baird
CA NV American Water Works Association AWWA Spring Conference
(March 2011, Long Beach, CA)
Available upon request.

“The Pendulum Swing of Revenue Stability and Conservation” by Gregory M Baird
American Water Works Association AWWA Journal (August 2010)*
This article explains how conservation water rate models are not producing the revenue that they had forecasted in this new economy. Now, many utility managers are faced with lower than expected water demand which in turn has created a significant reduction in required revenue to meet the operational needs. The crisis deals with an imbalance between revenue stability requirements and water conservation objectives. The remedy to this serious issue requires a broad understanding of the unique set of factors which make up the utilities’ water demand and revenue characteristics. The steps required to quantify these factors include reviewing possible internal adjustments, conducting studies and scenario testing, tracking and monitoring trends, developing risk mitigation tools, and promoting community education and outreach.

*Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2010, Copyright © 2011, Copyright © 2012, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.

**Reprinted from Journal AWWA, by permission on Author's Personal Website. Copyright © 2011, American Water Works Association. Permission to reproduce this document is granted for informational purposes only and does not represent or imply approval or endorsement by AWWA of any particular product or service.