Ipswich City Council water supply infrastructure capacity high water usage and water meter accuracy

Martin, Christopher (2007) Ipswich City Council water supply infrastructure capacity high water usage and water meter accuracy. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: South East Queensland is currently in one of the worst droughts on record with dam levels at historical lows. The introduction of Water Restrictions campaign signifies the severity of the water crisis. One way in which Ipswich water losses may be decreased is by identifying properties that use a seemingly excessive amount of water and then investigating these properties.

Ipswich City Council (ICC) have installed and maintain over 54 000 water meters throughout the Ipswich region ensuring that residential, commercial and industrial
customers pay only for the water they have consumed; making water meters the vital tool for monitoring and understanding water usage.

This project aims to research into the accuracy of water meters and then develop a practical audit system that identifies the high water consumers by analysing consumption data from all the standard 13−20mm water meters within Ipswich.

Data analysis of ICC water consumption readings, from the standard 13−20 mm water meters, between years 2003−2007, determined that properties over a recommended adopted water consumption volume per day value can be deemed a high water consumer and further investigation is required (for example due to leakage, wear and tear on meter, excessive water usage or inappropriate meter sizing).

Water is a precious resource and it is necessary that all water utilities take responsibility for the water consumptions and try to determine ways which they can limit water loss in their community.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2008 00:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: water supply infrastructure; water meters; water consumption; water management; Ipswich; Queensland
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090508 Water Quality Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4004 Chemical engineering > 400499 Chemical engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400513 Water resources engineering
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/3974

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