There are numerous critical components to demand side management that if implemented correctly will result in fairly quick pay back periods, often effective immediately. Pressure management is but one of the many facets and so too the analysis and creation of discreet zones within the water supply system. These two critical applications will ensure proper management of the existing and new water infrastructure, while at the same time improve the efficiency of supply and reduction in losses. With the implementation of discreet zones, the understanding and measurement of the usage of water within that zone is fundamental in reducing losses of our very scarce resource….WATER. This coupled with effective pressure management will drastically reduce water losses within the system and enhance the longevity of the existing water pipe network, thereby offsetting the costly need for pipe replacement.
Existing pressure supplied services (water and treated effluent pipe networks) need to be optimized to reduce water losses (excessive pressures can cause unnecessary pipe bursts due to aging and poor infrastructure as well as ground influences), ensure efficiencies of delivery of the service (water or treated effluent) to all end users, ensure that all end users receive the same service in terms of water pressure and to create effective manageable pressure zones which assist the local municipal entity to better control their water supply.