WATERLOSS follows the EU Water Framework Directive to develop an integrated and sustainable water management policy, and to implement appropriate measures ensuring the conservation of water resources of sufficient quality. The target of WATERLOSS is the protection and enhancement of water resources. The means to achieve this target is the development of a methodology for the reduction of water losses in drinking water supply systems, leading to water saving activities. The project focuses on the integration of water loss reduction principles in the management plans of drinking water authorities, with particular attention to MED countries where water scarcity and low quality have became major issues during the last years.
WATERLOSS has 9 partners coming from 6 MED countries (Greece, France, Cyprus, Slovenia, Spain and Italy), representing urban and semi-urban areas with differences in the availability of water, the size of the distribution networks and the methods currently used to reduce water losses, therefore providing wide coverage of different conditions found in the Mediterranean. The partnership includes two Universities (AUTH, UL), three Drinking Water Suppliers (WBN, DEYAK, EMSHTR) and three public authorities & a development centre with direct influence in their regions’ water supply and management systems (PO, LG, DH, RDC).
Project WATERLOSS aspires to the development of a methodology for control of non-revenue water in water supplies, by implementation of the following: establishment of water balance in water systems using GIS-based maps, preparation of a group of appropriate performance indicators using existing and new ones, development of a decision support tool aiming to a prioritized list of measures for controlling water losses, adapted to regional conditions, and certification of the methodology in a demonstration phase.
WATERLOSS is scheduled to run from June 2010 to May 2013.