Water Loss and Leakage Management - Level Two


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1 / C2

Course Overview

Leakage of water from the network is a serious problem on a national scale and that is reflected in every county across the country.  Irish Water estimates almost half of the water produced is lost due to leakage within our water mains and within customer properties and is undertaking a national investment programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply.  Reducing leakage will continue to be a key priority for Irish Water in the coming years.

Course Aim

This level two course on water loss and leakage management will focus on the advanced leakage detection processes and the latest technology available in leakage location. The course will also cover District Meter Areas (DMA) management and how to prioritise which DMAs to work in based on various KPI’s. Level Two Course will be concluded with understanding the constituent components of a water balance and what the results show – these can be used to decide a water loss reduction strategy.

Course Programme

Asset Management:

  • Life of a pipe.
  • Reasons for failure.
  • How water pressure affects failure.
  • Benefits of Pressure Management.

Advanced Leakage detection processes:

  • Technologies that assist in condition assessment – external and internal technology in pipe condition assessment and pipe wall thickness.
  • Large Diameter mains leakage detection (correlation, tethered and free flowing devices).
  • Advanced technologies for small diameter leakage detection (satellite leakage location).
  • Latest technology available in leakage location (correlation, noise loggers, internal tethered devices) and the different unique approaches.

District Metered Area Design and Implementation:

  • DMA design.
  • DMA implementation.
  • DMA components.
  • DMA measurement.
  • DMA KPIs.
  • DMA management.

Understanding and Building a Water Balance:

  • Water balance components and data collection.
  • Water balance benefits and KPIs.
  • Water Balance KPIS.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the causes of pipe failure and how pressure can cause breakages within the distribution system
  • Determine leakage detection methods and techniques in response to water loss 
  • Analyse how latest technologies work in large diameter networks
  • Understand the processes that can be used in leakage detection activities
  • Describe how DMA’s are designed and their benefits, and show an appreciation of the techniques required to design, build and maintain them
  • Understand a water balance and data collection.

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of particular interest to engineers, contractors and project managers working with water assets. This advanced programme is aimed at those who already have some experience in water loss control management.

Trainer’s Profile

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Stuart Hamilton CEnv, CMgr, FCIWEM, FIWA, FCIPHE, MCMI

Stuart has over 35 years of experience in water loss control and water management. Stuart is the managing director of Hydro Tec, a leading water management organisation providing consultancy services to water utilities and private business sectors globally. He is an expert in advanced water management control approaches and specialist techniques in acoustic technology. He works in both small and large diameter networks applying acoustic technological methods in intermittent supply, low pressure and high pressure systems. Stuart has managed large water loss management projects and resources throughout the world in 30 different countries.

Stuart holds membership of several water associations including fellow member of the IWA, CIWEM and CIPHE, past water loss specialist secretary of IWA, committee member of AWWA and past executive committee member of EWRA. He is the principal author of several IWA books including ‘Leak Detection: Technology and Implementation’, ‘Current Leakage Detection Methodologies’ and ‘Water Management and Water Loss’. Stuart is also the co-author of the IWA manual ‘Technology and Equipment for Water Loss Management’.

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Bambos Charalambous

A Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (UK) and a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA).

Over 40 years of experience in urban water distribution network management, including non-revenue water (NRW) and intermittent water supply (IWS) with application to water utility efficiency programs, water audits, NRW reduction strategies, PBC for NRW reduction, IWS management and control, utility governance, capacity building training and coaching.

Over 20 years of international experience, including recent assignments in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, Middles East, East Africa, South Asia and South Pacific.

Well experienced in the development of comprehensive approach for technical and operational efficiency improvement in water utilities with well-defined, tangible, and realistic goals.

Skilled in adopting participatory methods and techniques to stimulate awareness, creativity, and engagement of utility staff in the context of achieving higher levels of operational performance and efficiency.

Published numerous papers and books on issues related to urban water supplies. Past chair of the IWA’s Water Loss Specialist Group and Intermittent Water Supply Specialist Groups, member of the IWA Strategic Council and Past President of the Cyprus Water Association.


  • John Paul Downes, JPD Water: “Very good”
  • “Trainer had excellent knowledge of the material backed up with practical examples”
  • “Excellent course. Presenter had very good practical and theoretical experience and was very engaging”
  • “Very helpful, good insight into industry practice”
  • “Informative and practical with use of online tools”
  • “Very enjoyable, full of information”
  • “Top class”


Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email cpdtraining@engineersireland.ie