Evaluating Water Loss Performance Standards – An Economic Leak Loss Reduction Model

The UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE) developed an economic optimal leak loss model and performed a study using water utility data from four different states to evaluate the results of the CWEE model and others* (including the State Water Board’s current model). CWEE recently performed a similar assessment tailored for California by comparing economic models using California utility data only. Attend this public webinar to learn about the UC Davis Economic Optimum model and how it compares to the proposed California model.

The purpose of this webinar is to inform stakeholders in the water loss space about the findings of CWEE’s research. This topic is relevant to California utilities and policy makers and will provide data driven science for stakeholders to consider during the upcoming Water Loss Performance Standards rulemaking by the SWRCB. This webinar will be followed up by 1-2 shorter webinars open to the public to provide more in-depth question and answer sessions.


* This work is currently in the peer-reviewed publication process. Learn more about the study and review a related publication here: https://cwee.ucdavis.edu/research/economic-leak-loss-model/


  • Amanda Rupiper, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis
  • Katrina Jessoe, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
  • Ellen Bruno, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley
  • Frank Loge, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis

Please reach out to Kendra Olmos at kcolmos@ucdavis.edu for additional information about this webinar.