Controlling Costs at Small water Systems: Two Strategies to Help

Two strategies that can help water utilities control costs or increase revenues are water system collaboration and water loss control. Both of these strategies will be explored in this workshop through a variety of approaches including presentations, discussion, and workshops. Tools, techniques, and free resources will be discussed.

Two Opportunities to Attend:


When:
Wednesday, August 30th 
Time:  9 AM to 4 PM
Where: Caliente City Fire Department, 970 Front St. Caliente, NV 89008

When: Thursday, August 31st
Time:  9 AM to 4 PM
Where: Nye County Emergency Management Training Room
               1510 E. Siri Lane, Suite 1 Pahrump, NV 89060

 




Strategy 1: System Collaboration

Small systems face a variety of issues and concerns related to increasingly strict regulatory compliance, aging infrastructure, affordability, lack of economy of scale (it costs more to serve small communities than large ones on a per capita basis), decreasing population base, and many others. One strategy that can help small communities meet these challenges more economically is collaborating with other utilities. Learn more about formal and informal collaboration approaches including: sharing operators or bookkeepers, forming buying consortiums to purchase chemicals or equipment, sharing a water source, developing emergency interconnects, or forming a group to share information.

Strategy 2: Water Loss Control

Managing non-revenue water (also thought of as water loss control) is an approach water utilities can use to more efficiently and effectively provide water to their customers. Controlling non-revenue water can increase utility revenues and decrease costs over time. It also has the added benefits of decreasing energy use, improving water quality, and mitigating the impacts of drought. Participants will learn how to perform a water audit (using AWWA’s Free Water Audit Software) and learn how to interpret the results.

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