Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Session #13: Diagnosing Leakage in Water Systems


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Leakage represents the fundamental wastage of water and energy resources. As water systems age, the likelihood and severity of leakage increases, thereby impelling the need for water loss management strategies to mitigate the growing financial, environmental and operational consequences. An effective method to manage leakage is through the observation of discrete sectors of the system, commonly referred to as District Metered Areas (DMAs). The employment of DMAs in North America, however, is not widespread owing in part to various financial and operational challenges. To help overcome these barriers, an Ontario-wide DMA testing program is underway through financial assistance from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

At the completion of this one-hour OJT session, participants will be able to demonstrate the following:

· Consequences of leakage and the practice of pressure management to mitigate leakage

· An overview of common water loss management methods

· How to create, verify, and manage a DMA

· Common challenges with DMA implementation

· Various benchmarking statistics developed from MNF data

· Lessons learned from the testing program thus far

· The care and feeding of diaphragm seals and isolator rings

Bradley Jenks & Fabian Papa

Our workshop facilitator is Bradley Jenks, a hydraulic specialist at HydraTek & Associates and graduate student at the University of Toronto.  His research is focused on municipal hydraulics and systems analysis, with particular attention to water loss management practices for which the material being presented is the cornerstone.

Our Co-Presenter is Fabian Papa has over 20 years of experience in engineering practice with a focus on urban water systems.  He is a principal of HydraTek & Associates and has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.  He is also a reviewer for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund and Municipal Innovation programs.  Based in Toronto and with projects across Canada and internationally, HydraTek specializes in hydraulics and energy investigations in water and wastewater systems


OMWA is pleased to offer any and all staff from our valued OMWA municipal/utility members complimentary virtual On the Job Training through our OMWA online platform.  These 1-hour sessions run Thursdays starting at 2:00 pm.  The fee for non-members is $30 plus HST per person per session.  

If you have any specific questions regarding this OJT session, please feel free to submit them when you register and we will provide them to the presenter.

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