Solving MWRA's Supply Issues Through Conservation

by Marcis Kempe, Massachusetts Water Resources, Authority, Boston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


Facing a supply/demand imbalance where demand was exceeding supply by over 10%, MWRA acted to implement a balanced water conservation strategy. The strategy included leak detection and repair, meter rehabilitation, retrofit of residential users with water saving devices, outreach and water audits for commercial/industrial users, public education programs and other efforts. With the program still underway, MWRA water use has dropped by approximately 20% to date, well under safe yield limits.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Water resources | Water meters | Public information programs | Water balance | Municipal water | Leakage | Rehabilitation

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