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Water loss due to leakages

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

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The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) could be losing up to 48 per cent of its non revenue water due to underground leakages.
This was revealed today by project manager Lawrence Cumberbatch as he briefed members of the media on the utility company’s US$50 million Inter-American Development Bank-funded Water and Sanitation Systems Upgrade Project. The project started in 2011 and is expected to run for five years.
“Right now, based on the data available, it was estimated around 48 per cent. However, when we change out the residential meters and production meters then we would know what aspect of the non revenue water is actually leak in the ground,” said Cumberbatch. He could not say how much, in money, that wastage would translate into.
Non revenue water is water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer. Losses can be through leaks, metering inaccuracy or theft.
Full story in tomorrow’s WEEKEND NATION