Leak Detection Is Just a Piece of the Pie

by John P. Sullivan, Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Boston's Water Resource Development: Past, Present, and Future


This paper emphasizes that leak detection is part of the proper management techniques that must be used to control unaccounted-for water. In order to effectively understand the pieces that make up unaccounted-for water, an audit of water use must be undertaken. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission has been working in this direction. A water audit requires the following minimum basic elements: testing and calibrating of master meters; district or zone measurements; subsequent leak detection surveys as required; testing of large industrial meters; and random testing of small domestic meters.

Subject Headings: Leakage | Water resources | Water meters | Resource management | Water supply systems | Water use | Sewers | Hydrographic surveys

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