What is Water Loss?

Water loss in the context of leaks and ruptures, as well as issues with water meters not accurately tracking consumption, can have a significant impact on a town's water management and finances. Leaks can happen in mains, pipes, joints, valves, and other infrastructure components, while ruptures are more severe breaches in the system, often causing a sudden and substantial loss of water. These issues can be due to various factors, such as aging infrastructure, extreme weather conditions, or improper maintenance.

Inaccurate water meters can also contribute to water loss. Water meters are used to measure the amount of water consumed by customers. When meters malfunction or become inaccurate over time, it can lead to underreporting of water usage. This means that customers may not be billed correctly for their water consumption, and the town may lose revenue.

In Diamond Valley, the town is billed by an entity known as SRRUC for all water that passes through the system. However, the town does not collect water from any water losses, meaning they are responsible for paying for the water that is lost due to leaks and other issues. This can result in financial losses for the town.

The utilities department has taken significant steps to address water loss and improve water conservation and efficiency. This includes efforts to identify and fix water leaks, repair water valves and hydrants, and optimize wastewater management practices. These actions are crucial in reducing water loss and mitigating the financial impact on the town.

A report from July 2023 mentions that Diamond Valley saw a remarkable reduction of approximately 78,000 cubic meters in water loss over a span of just five months, from February to June 2023. This reduction represents a significant 17% decrease in water losses. This is a positive outcome and reflects the success of the efforts made by the utilities department in addressing water loss issues.

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1. Why are utility rates increasing?
2. What do the fees and charges go toward?
3. How were the new proposed rates determined?
4. How will this impact my bills?
5. What is the transition plan?
6. What is a Full Cost Recovery model?
7. Why move to a single consumption rate?
8. How will this affect non-residential accounts?
9. How do I know my meter size for fixed rates?
10. What is Water Loss?
11. What is SRRUC?
12. What is WRSSC (Westend)?
13. What is the WRSSC Sewage System Project?