NEWSLETTER

NEWSLETTER

Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group

November, 2014


Efficient 2015/PI2015 Call for Papers Deadline is November 15!

We are thrilled that the IWA Efficient2015 conference will be he held for the first time in North America! This conference is a flagship event for water efficiency professionals worldwide, and in 2015 will be a joint conference in Cincinnati, Ohio with the Benchmarking and Performance Assessment Specialist Group. Titled “Water Efficiency and Performance Improvement: Smart Strategies for the 21st Century” the joint conference will feature a special workshop to develop performance assessment metrics for water efficiency. Please mark your calendar and plan to present a paper! We need presentations and posters on a wide variety of topics.

PI2015 Conference Dates: April 20-23, 2015

Efficient2015 Conference Dates: April 23-25, 2015

Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2014

Download the Call for Papers at the conference web site: www.efficient2015.com.

More information about the conference to follow soon!


Meetings held in Lisbon on Efficient Specialist Group Projects

At the World Water Congress in Lisbon in September new initiatives of the Specialist Group were discussed. Particular attention was paid to three new initiatives:

  • Strategic assessment of international water efficiency actions. Aaron Burton will be leading this initiative, working closely with IWA’s Young Professionals Group. See the separate article below for detailed information.
  • Sources and scale of background leakage, and plumbing losses. This is a joint initiative with the Water Loss SG, and will examine the extent of building and household leakage. The aim of the task group would be to improve the understanding of the components of flows in the distribution system that are not due to normal customer use, bursts and detectable leaks on the water distribution system or underground customer service pipe. Specifically the task group would aim to more fully identify the contribution of plumbing losses to background leakage. The Efficient SG portion of the joint initiative will be led by Ricardo Cobacho. If you are interested in this initiative, contact him at rcobacho@ita.upv.es.
  • Water Use Efficiency in Energy and Agriculture. Arjun Thapan (not present in the meeting) will be leading this initiative, which will examine the role of water efficiency in the water-energy-food nexus and determine the research and needed policy actions. Coordination with other groups within IWA will be required. To participate in this initiative, contact Arjun at arjunthapan@gmail.com.

Young Professionals Inventory Water Efficiency Case Studies to Support Performance Indicator Development

Water efficiency measures have increasingly been applied and researched globally. However, to date there hasn’t been a comprehensive collation or analysis of these programs. The Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group is planning to develop an understanding of best practice in water use efficiency to support indicators for comparison between water utilities, states, and counties (similar to the Infrastructure Leakage Index). A baseline is first required to understand the state of water efficiency activities, targets and impacts on consumption internationally.

Young Water Professionals (aged below 35) represent around 25% of the specialist group membership. We are aiming to increase participation of this group by encouraging contributions as part of this strategic assessment. There is now an opportunity to get involved with the steering group for this project – we are looking for IWA YWPs from across the regions to participate. By getting involved you will gain experience in developing and delivering a strategic research project, get access to experts and mentors in the EUWM SG and demonstrate continuing professional development. This will also support your case to attend the IWA Efficient 2015 conference where we will discuss the outputs and how they can lead to performance indicators.

For more information on how to get involved go to http://goo.gl/forms/cC25QJphZG or contact Aaron Burton at aaron.burton@ricardo-aea.com.


Water Efficiency Best Practice Guide is Here!

At the Efficient201Maddaus-BMP guide3 Conference in Paris we launched the Best Practice Guide for Preparing Urban Water Use Efficiency Plans. Part of IWA Publishing’s Best Practice Guide Series the Guide was authored by Bill, Lisa, and Michelle Maddaus and coordinated closely with the Efficient Specialist Group.

Copies are still available from IWA Publishing. Retail Price: £75.00 / US$ 135.00 / €101.25; IWA Member Discount: £56.25 / US$ 94.50/ € 70.88


Join our Linked In Group!

We have created a Linked In Group to enable us to communicate more effectively with each other. Since our Specialist Group is one of the largest in IWA (at 1,736 members) we need an easier method to stay in touch. We have created our own website (www.iwaefficient.com ) and now we have created a Linked In Group called “Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group.” Look for us on Linked In and join us!

 

Mary Ann Dickinson

Chair, Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group

EFFICIENT 2015 – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

IWA International Conference on Water Efficiency and Performance Assessment of Water Services
April 20-24, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 15, 2014

IWA announces the first joint conference of Efficient2015 and PI2015, to be held April 20-24 in beautiful and historic Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.  A product of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group, the Efficient Conference has since 2001 been the premier water efficiency conference worldwide.  The PI (or Performance Indicator) Conference has been drawing international expertise from the Benchmarking and Performance Assessment Specialist Group.

The purpose of the joint conference is to explore ways in which water efficiency can be better measured and benchmarked, but all topics on water efficiency and performance assessment are welcome. The closing date for submission of abstract is November 15, 2014.  File an abstract now!

TOPICS FOR EFFICIENT2015

Developing water efficient strategies in:

  • Policies & legislation
  • Planning & implementation
  • Best Management Practices
  • Measurement of efficiency programs
  • Non-revenue water, leakage and pressure management
  • Alternative water supply and wastewater treatment/disposal
  • Climate change and drought adaptation
  • Water and energy nexus
  • Efficiency in the agriculture sector
  • Public involvement

TOPICS FOR PI2015

Performance assessment/benchmarking tools in:

  • Regulation
  • Managing service contracts
  • Improving water services
  • Small water services
  • Service provision to the urban poor
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Decision support tools
  • Organizational performance and benchmarking
  • Technology and innovation
  • Sustainable solutions
  • Low and medium income countries

For further information about the requirements for abstracts, please visit the conference website: www.iwaefficient.com/2015

NEW LINKED IN GROUP

We have created a Linked In Group to enable us to communicate more effectively with each other. Since our Specialist Group is one of the largest in IWA (at 1,736 members) we need an easier method to stay in touch. We have created our own website (www.iwaefficient.com ) and now we have created a Linked In Group called “Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group.”

MEETINGS OF THE EFFICIENT SPECIALIST GROUP IN LISBON

Please join us at the World Water Congress in Lisbon from September 22-25, 2015 and attend our meetings of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group.  These meetings will discuss planning the next Efficient conference in April 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio and the other strategic projects on water efficiency.

  1. Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group Open Meeting: Wednesday, September 24 at 13:30-15:00 in Room 0.07 of the Convention Center.
  2. Open Joint Meeting with the Benchmarking and Performance Assessment Specialist Group to discuss Water Efficiency Metrics:  Thursday, September 25 at 13:30-15:00 in Room 0.07 of the Convention  Center.  This meeting will be an important first meeting to scope out what work needs to happen in this important area.  We will hold a workshop[ in Cincinnati and this is a planning meeting to explore the water efficiency metrics issues.
  3. Open Water Loss Specialist Group Meeting:  Monday at 13:30-15:00 in Room 0.07 of the Convention Center.

The World Water Congress will also have some great presentations and workshops in our topic area.  See this link for more information:

http://www.iwa2014lisbon.org/conference/technical-sessions/

Mary Ann Dickinson
Chair
IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group

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NEXT EFFICIENT CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN CINCINNATI

Cincinnati Fountain Tyler Davidson Genius of WaterThe International Water Association has officially announced that the global Efficient2015 conference will be held for the first time in North America April 20-24, 2015. This conference is a flagship event for water efficiency professionals worldwide, and in 2015 will be a joint conference with the Benchmarking and Performance Assessment Specialist Group. Titled “Water Efficiency and Performance Improvement: Smart Strategies for the 21st Century” the joint conference will feature a special workshop to develop performance assessment metrics for water efficiency. Please mark your calendar and plan to present a paper!  We need presentations and posters on a wide variety of topics.

Abstracts are due by October 15, 2014. Download the Call for Papers at the conference web site: www.efficient2015.com.  More information about the conference to follow soon.

NEWS FROM THE EFFICIENT URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST GROUP

September 12, 2013

 

Register Now to Attend the Efficient2013 Conference

It is not too late to register now to attend the 7th biennial Efficient2013 Conference, which will be held October 22-25 in the beautiful city of Paris, France.  The registration fee includes admission to all sessions and workshops, lunch every day at the conference, an evening reception, a satchel, and a pen drive with all the presentations.  Discount registrations are also available for students and Young Professionals.

Please visit http://www.iwaefficient.com/2013/ for more conference information and to register.  We would love to see you there!

 

Specialist Group Meeting at the Efficient2013 Conference

We are holding an open meeting of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group on Thursday, October 24 from 18:30 to 19:30 in the Gemini Room of the Conference Center.  All specialist group members are welcome to attend. Discussion will occur on a number of items, including planning for the next  Efficient2015 conference and developing a strategic plan on water efficiency and management issues.

See you in Paris!

Mary Ann Dickinson
Chair
IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group

 

Related Links:

IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group Web Site
IWA Efficient2013 Conference: “Water Efficiency Strategies for Difficult Times”
IWA Main Page

NEWS FROM THE EFFICIENT URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST GROUP

May 2, 2013

 

Efficient 2013

Plans are progressing nicely for the Efficient2013 Conference which will be held on October 22-25 in Paris, France.  Registration is now officially open!  Please visit the Efficient2013 registration page to register for this conference.  We are expecting a sell-out crowd, and we may close off registrations if we exceed the capability of the conference center.  So register early and guarantee your spot at this fabulous conference!

Over 400 abstracts were submitted, a record number for the Efficient conference series.  191 papers were selected by the Scientific Committee for presentation from 35 countries.  Competition is so keen for speaking spots that we have had to institute a rule of no more than one paper per author.

 

Specialist Group Strategic Planning Survey

The Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group will be conducting a strategic planning exercise in 2013.  The results will be presented at the Efficient2013 conference in Paris.  Dr. Stuart White of the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney, Australia and Vice Chair of the Specialist Group, will be leading the effort.  He is seeking your opinions on topics and issues for the Strategic Plan.

Click here to access the survey and add your views!

 

Mary Ann Dickinson
Chair
IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group

 

Related Links:

IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group Web Site
IWA Efficient2013 Conference: “Water Efficiency Strategies for Difficult Times”
IWA Main Page

South East Queensland Residential End Use Study: Final Report

Dr. Cara Beal and Associate Professor Rodney Stewart have recently presented the final report “South East Queensland Residential End Use Study”. The report can be downloaded from the Urban Water Security Research Alliance website (http://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/UWSRA-tr47.pdf), and it contains the development and final results of a main study, which was partially presented by Dr. Beal at Efficient 2011 Conference in Dead Sea, Jordan.

For three successive seasons, winter 2010, summer 2010-11 and winter 2011, water consumption of a sample of about 250 houses was monitored by means of high resolution smart meters and remote data transfer loggers.

Context, materials, field-work, methods, analysis and results are explained through sixteen chapters and three appendices. Every aspect of water consumption is reviewed; beyond per household and per capita average consumption figures. Areas covered in the report include peak demand ratios, average daily diurnal patterns, impact of efficient fixtures, influence of socio-demographic conditions, flow rate clustering and energy-GHE link. The work has received widespread international interest and is believed to be the first study that combines high resolution smart metering with detailed psycho-social analysis (an aligned research project: http://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/UWSRA-tr40.pdf) to better understand the drivers and behaviours of residential water consumption and conservation.

 

Efficient 2013 – Call for papers

The International Water Association (IWA) and the Association Scientifique et Technique Pour l’Eau et l’Environnement (ASTEE) of France are pleased to announce the seventh biennial IWA Efficient Conference: “Water Efficiency Strategies for Difficult Times.” The conference will be held October 22-25, 2013 in Paris.

Efficient 2013 will benefit professionals involved in all aspects of water and wastewater efficiency planning and management. The agenda will include a wide range of topics related to policies and regulations, planning, efficient technologies, best management practices, alternative water resources, the water and energy nexus, climate change and adaptation to resource variability, water loss and network management, and public involvement. The conference will also host an exhibition to showcase the latest water and energy-efficient products, services, and technologies.

The Call for Papers is already open and the website is ready for abstract submission.
Presenters must file abstracts on‐line by January 15, 2013.

All information available at: www.iwaefficient.com/2013

 

Events at the World Water Congress in Busan

Efficient Specialist Group Open Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, from 12:45 to 14:15 in Room 9                                            Progress with the Efficient2013 conference in Paris will be discussed as well as latest news, the future strategic direction of the Specialist Group and some key issues and projects.

Session on Water Conservation and Demand Management
Wednesday, September 19, from 9:20 to 10:45 in Room 11.                                        Topics and speakers:

  • Proposal of a systematic methodology to estimate apparent losses due to water meter inaccuracies – Francisco Arregui, Spain
  • Cost Efficiency in Water Efficiency – Martin Conner, Australia
  • Managing long-term capacity in the age of conservation – Xin Qiao, US
  • Behaviour Change Programs for Water Efficiency: Findings from North West and Metropolitan Residential Programs in Western Australia – Goen Ho, Australia

Workshop on Forecasting and Managing the Future: Water Demand and Tariffs
Wednesday, September 19, from 9:20 to 1:45 in Room 7                                       Workshop Leaders: Francisco Cubillo and Stuart White

Workshop on AquaRating: An innovative system for assessing utility practice and performance
Thursday, September 20, from 14:15 to 15:45 in Room 12                                            Chair: Tom Williams

Dialogue Session on AquaRating
Tuesday, September 18, from 14:15 to 15:00 at the Development Hub

Workshop on Creating Operationally Smart networks — today and in the future
Thursday, September 20, from 9:15 to 10:45 in Room 9                                         Workshop Leader: Jo Parker