Recently I had the privilege of an extended visit with Allan Lambert, whom I have commonly heard referred to as the Godfather of water loss management. A handle that is rightly given, as he was a founding member and inaugural Chair of the IWA Water Loss Task Force in the mid 1990s, which sparked tremendous advancements in what is now an established science. Allan has been at the genesis of nearly every development of what are widely recognized ‘best-practices’ in the industry for water loss accounting, leakage and pressure management.

The nature of our extended visit happened to be a full-immersion training on advanced leakage and pressure management techniques and strategies. It was a wonderful opportunity, to tap into the mind of a man with over 50 years as a trailblazer in the engineering and science of water. I return from this experience engaged and enthused, excited for how this translates back home in North America. There exists some stark contrasts between North America and the rest of the world with respect to water – – from our level of consumption to resource availability to the public’s perception of value. Of course this is changing, at an ever increasing pace. In the next 10 years, we will see a greater change in the landscape for water loss management in North America than we have in the last 100 years.

See Allan’s post on the Master Class training here.

Slow and steady wins the race. Coming up on August 13th, we will be taking part in a webinar through the American Water Works Association, which aims to rollout the next generation of free tools from AWWA for water loss management. Included in these tools are the Free Water Audit Software, version 5.0. This software, including previous generations, has now been in existence for nearly 10 years. It is a free tool for performing a water balance per the AWWA/IWA international standard. Though it is still not yet widely adopted in North America, we are fast approaching a tipping point.

To register for the upcoming webinar, click here.

To visit Allan’s website, where he has made freely available decades of knowledge and publications on water loss and pressure management, click here.

Hope to see you on the 13th.

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