More than 91 billion gallons of water are lost through our drinking water supply networks every day across the globe. If this volume of water loss was reduced by just 30 percent, 800 million people could be supplied with already treated water.
In the USA, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, utilities lose a staggering 1.7 trillion gallons (6.46 trillion litres) per year through distribution system leaks, at a cost of $2.6 billion USD. Much of this wasted, treated water is lost through the 240,000 water main breaks that take place annually across the United States. And with many older pipes outlasting their intended life expectancy, break rates have seen an increase of 27 percent over the last six years.