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CP050  District Meter Areas (DMAs) as a Base Management Unit Demand Management
District Meter Areas (DMAs) are well established for leakage management but are increasingly being considered as the monitoring unit for other aspects of performance by providing:

  • A better understanding of the operational characteristics of the network
  • A better understanding of the costs of asset ownership and operation
  • The ability to benchmark costs and performance across the network.

This project provided a strategy that utilities can use to assess moving to DMA-level management, overall or for specific cases, so that benefits related to operational response, identifying best practice, procurement, competition and regulation can be achieved.

The research was undertaken for a group of water utilities and WRc has developed proposals for implementation. Specific issues include the effect of operational activity on water quality, the trade-off between operational expenditure and capital maintenance (optimal whole life costs) and realistic performance indicators for staff or contractors (performance incentives and accountability).

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