Opinion: How much water do we waste – and who is we?

broken water pipes

DANIEL J. VAN ABS / NJ SPOTLIGHT – I recently published a report for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on water demands in the year 2040. The NJDEP commissioned this report to support future improvements to the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan. As part of this project, I assessed the “nonrevenue water” of the water utilities that serve New Jersey. Nonrevenue water includes real water losses, the water leakage from utility pipelines and customer service lines (the smaller lines from the curb to the building that are owned by the property owners, not the utilities) …

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