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Preventing Water Loss of 25% on Abfa's Agenda

About 700 million cubic meters of water are wasted in the country annually.About 700 million cubic meters of water are wasted in the country annually.

 Close to 700 million cubic meters of water are wasted in the country annually, of which the loss of 250 mcm is inevitable, a senior official at the National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company (Abfa) said.
"Abfa's non-revenue wastage rate is 25.5%, of which 13.4% are real losses [through leaks, also referred to as physical losses] and 12.1% are apparent losses [through theft or metering inaccuracies]," Ali Seyyedzadeh was also quoted as saying by ILNA.
 Non-revenue water refers to water that has been produced and lost in different ways before it reaches the customer.
"The rate of wastage in developed states stands at 15%, as there is no such thing as "zero wastage" even in the most developed grids in the world," Seyyedzadeh said, adding that as per the Sixth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2017-22), the rate should decrease 0.5% per year to hit 23% in 2022. According to the official, the goal of reducing water wastage cannot be accomplished unless 7,000 kilometers of water grid are rehabilitated.

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