State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2011FL269B
Title: Sustainable Urban Infrastructure and Water Loss Management Including a Case Study of Sanford Florida
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: 6
Focus Categories: Water Supply, Management and Planning, Models
Keywords: Urban water, demand management, water loss control, water use efficiency modeling
Principal Investigator: Heaney, James
Federal Funds: $ 19,281
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 38,564
Abstract: Continued growth in water demand in many parts of the country including Florida has placed significant stress on traditional groundwater and surface water sources for urban water supply. Regional water supply assessments by the water management districts have shown significant negative impacts of these developments including lowered groundwater tables accompanied by reduced flows in rivers and springs, declining lake levels, and increasing nutrient loads on receiving waters. In response to these problems, water utilities are required to evaluate alternative water supplies and water conservation to meet future water needs. Water losses on the utility side of the customer meters can be as high as 15-20%. A similar loss range exists on the customer side of the meter. Improved methods of water loss control can reduce these losses to 5% or less. The City of Sanford will be used as a case study to evaluate innovative methods of water loss control and the addition of water conservation devices. The EZ Guide 2.0 model will be refined to address these needs to find cost-effective solutions. EZ Guide 2.0 has been developed by the Conserve Florida Water Clearinghouse to find the optimal portfolio of traditional and alternative water supply options and demand management.

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