Watch the Water Talk: Can Your Water Distribution Model Handle the Pressure?

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Eric Suesz January 19, 2023 2 min read

Our first Water Talk of the new year, Can Your Water Distribution Model Handle the Pressure?, talked about how you can properly differentiate customer water use from water leakage in water distribution models.

Before the event began, we asked participants to weigh in on a few subjects. First, it’s clear that a lot of people are losing a lot of water to leaks.

Yikes! Almost a quarter of participants said they are losing 10-20% of water to leaks.

Second, quite a few attendees were not familiar with emitters – or haven’t really used them.

Never be afraid to ask if you don’t know. Battling leaks is a drip-by-drip proposition. Every tool helps.

These people showed up to the right event. During the talk, Felipe Hernández did the math for us to show the process of differentiating between real water demand and a leak using InfoWater Pro.

That’s a lot of lost water. Don’t let it happen to you.

So what are emitters, anyway? Emitters attempt to simulate any type of hole in a system through which water can escape (or even intrude) from (or into) pipes. With emitters, you could emulate hydrants, for example, but in this Water Talk we’re simulating fissures, holes, imperfect fittings — things like that. These cause background leakage. In InfoWater Pro, you can input emitter coefficients, and we show you a relatively simple way to estimate these coefficients so you can include them in your models and have a logical representation of leakage in your networks.

Want a copy of Felipe’s spreadsheet? We’ve included that here for your convenience.

We explain how to assign an emitter coefficient in detail in our support docs, but if you’re also not familiar with emitters – or just want to learn more about investigating leaks – hit the play button 👇 and watch this Water Talk.

Here’s to another year of Water Talks

You are always welcome to send Midori PattersonShawn Huang, and Felipe Hernández a shout-out on LinkedIn to thank them for leading the talk or ask them more about InfoWater Pro. Want to be notified when new Water Talks are available? Sign up here for upcoming Water Talks or subscribe to our YouTube channel and turn notifications on. We’ll let you know as soon as the next Water Talk is published.

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