Water leakage management by district metered areas at water distribution networks

  • Özgür Özdemir


The aim of this study is to design a district metered area (DMA) at water distribution network (WDN) for determination and reduction of water losses in the city of Malatya, Turkey. In the application area, a pilot DMA zone was built by analyzing the existing WDN, topographic map, length of pipes, number of customers, service connections, and valves. In the DMA, International Water Association standard water balance was calculated considering inflow rates and billing records. The ratio of water losses in DMAs was determined as 82%. Moreover, 3124 water meters of 2805 customers were examined while 50% of water meters were detected as faulty. This study revealed that DMA application is useful for the determination of water loss rate in WDNs and identify a cost-effective leakage reduction program.


Water distribution network Water supply network Non-revenue water District metered area Water meter failures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Malatya Water and Sewerage Administration Genaral DirectorateMalatyaTurkey

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