In March 2005, Westhorp & Associates assisted the Town of Medley in successfully securing a grant from the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Savings Incentive Cooperative Funding Program, (also known as WaterSIP) to develop a Water Consumption Awareness, Leak Detection and Meter Program. This grant marked the beginning of Westhorp & Associates’ ongoing collaborative effort with the Town of Medley to reduce their water distribution system’s unaccounted-for-water.
As part of this effort, the Westhorp & Associates team worked with the Town to develop a systematic plan for meter replacement included the verification of the size and installations of all the meters in Town from the largest users with older meters to the low users. In addition, Westhorp & Associates assisted the Town with its in-house meter testing as well as aided in the preparation of manuals, standards details, and instructional reference materials for Town personnel.
Westhorp & Associates developed the Town’s Unaccounted-For Water Loss Reduction Plan in 2006, which has served as a blueprint for the ongoing efforts by the Town to reduce their non-revenue water. This plan included more efficient leakage management, better water distribution system maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement, the continuation of the meter program, reduction of errors due to data transfer and analysis, better control of theft and illegal consumption, and accounting of authorized un-billed consumption.
Since 2009, Westhorp & Associates has prepared an annual audit of the Town of Medley water distribution system in accordance with International Water Association (IWA) standards. This audit has identified areas of concern and provided guidance on best management practices for the Town. Since the implementation of the Unaccounted-For Water Loss Reduction Plan in 2006, the total unaccounted-for water has been reduced from approximately 38% to less than 8%.
These efforts by the Town of Medley with the assistance of Westhorp & Associates have not only improved the efficiency of the Town’s water distribution system and reduce lost revenue (after all, meters are “cash registers” for a utility), but have also helped the Town conserve one of the most precious natural resources in South Florida – our major water source, the Biscayne Aquifer.