Helping utilities cut leakage rates

CNT is working with American Water Works Association, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and the Great Lakes Commission to survey the water-loss control policies of a select number of utilities within the eight Great Lakes. The information will be used to help shape our Water Service Innovation work, which is focused on performance-based investment in water services and infrastructure.

Preliminary research demonstrates a lack of regulation and accountability regarding water-loss control and its associated, subsequent economic and social costs. Gaining a better understanding of how the Great Lakes states are handling this issue is critical for the long-term protection and stewardship of this important natural resource.

CNT will use data from the utility survey to help inform a forthcoming publication that highlights the cost to society of not appropriately investing in our water services. Although nationally relevant, the survey will be based on research undertaken primarily within the Great Lakes states. Following this publication, the Water program plans to work with a select number of utilities to make voluntary improvements in water-loss control.

To get your community involved in this area of work, or to find out more about it, please contact Harriet Festing, hfesting@cnt.org.