Surprising Water Facts You Should Know

Dec. 3, 2015

One in six gallons (nearly 17%) of water leak from utility pipes before reaching customers in the US.1

On average, 10 gallons per day of your water footprint (or 14% of your indoor use) is lost to leaks.2

Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.3

Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.3

Some of those stunning water loss numbers are “before the meter.” Others occur “after the meter,” where, theoretically, the end user is billed for excess use. Water loss is serious business, and it costs utilities plenty. When our systems are more accountable and more efficient, water districts can determine real costs.

With increased focus on water due to drought throughout the country, water loss is becoming a hot topic. So it makes sense that stakeholders get together to share resources and study the problems and potential solutions around water loss.

Next week the North American Water Loss Conference kicks off in Atlanta, GA. This is the inaugural year for the conference, and it promises to be the premier assemblage of policy and technical experts on non-revenue water management in North America. Discussions will center on developing water loss policies, auditing systems, controlling leakage, managing pressures, and documenting progress, both for your system and for your regulators.

And while we’re on the subject of water & conferences; our sister publication Stormwater wants to share this announcement:

There’s one week left for StormCon’s call for papers.

StormCon, the only North American event dedicated exclusively to stormwater and surface-water professionals, is seeking abstracts for presentation at StormCon 2016. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday, December 9.

The conference will be held in Indianapolis, IN, August 22–25, 2016. We are looking for abstracts in the following conference tracks:

  • BMP Case Studies
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Stormwater Program Management
  • Advanced Research Topics
  • Water-Quality Monitoring
  • Industrial Stormwater Management
  • Stormwater Management for Solid Waste Facilities

For more information, including the complete call for papers and an online form for submitting your abstract, visit




About the Author

David Rachford

David Rachford is the web editor for Forester Media.

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