Water Audit (Leak Survey)

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) announced that the Valparaiso City Utilities (VCU) has been awarded a 2011 IACT Community Achievement Award for its Community-Wide Water Audit. The City of Valparaiso received its award during the Annual Awards Luncheon, Monday, October 10, at the 2011 IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition in Indianapolis, Ind.

Valparaiso's Community-Wide Water Audit began in 2010 with the goal of learning how much water was lost through leakage or accounting errors so the city could develop a robust water-loss control program designed to conserve resources and ensure long-term sustainability. The audit tracked 206 miles of water mains owned by VCU, many of which are more than 80 years old. After partnering with private entities and creating a Water Audit Committee, comprised of key personnel from the city who chose to use free software developed by the American Water Works Association, Valparaiso was ready to undergo the audit. The results were encouraging as data showed that less than 10 percent of supplied water failed to generate revenue for VCU. This non-revenue water also accounted for 1.9% of the total operating cost for that auditing period. Total water losses represented just $80,000 for the whole year. Although water loss control for the city is described as "exceptional" among peers, VCU remains proactive in replacing aging water distribution infrastructure, creating a fund of $500,000/year to upgrade underground distribution mains.

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