January 5, 2016 was a huge milestone date for Water Loss Control in North America as the California State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) unanimously voted to fund the California Water Loss Control Collaborative. The Collaborative will be orchestrated by the CA-NV Section of AWWA. This first of its kind, 2 year progressive learning program will propel California Utilities to further reduce Non Revenue Water.

It is indeed an honor and a privilege to have been intimately involved on the team in the formation of the Collaborative as we shared concepts and successes from Georgia. This has reinforced to us that there is no “one size fits all” approach to transferring knowledge. This is especially true in California where there have been a flurry of independent workshops and different support agencies and groups who have been scrambling to help. The Collaborative beautifully ties it all together in a way that will truly become the new model for the nation.

At last month’s hallmark inaugural North American Water Loss Conference in Atlanta (NAWL program and Facebook 2015 link), I shared a keynote presentation on where the various states are replacing outdated and imprecise % of system input volume reporting of loss. You can see a summary of my keynote here.

Stay tuned to this one, folks, it is widely expected that many states, from Georgia to California, will soon follow suit and provide the education and financial support Utilities need to take full advantage of the AWWA Water Loss Control best practices. You can read more about the historic California vote and Collaborative Program here: CA Water Loss Collaborative