According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 6 billion gallons of drinking water are lost every day, thanks in large part to old, leaky pipes and mains; the amount would be sufficient to serve the population of the state of California.

The topic of detecting and repairing leaks as early as possible took center stage at a session during the International City/County Management Association's 91st Annual Conference in September.

“It's important that we take every possible step to eliminate the loss of this precious resource,” said Wayne Morgan, vice president of the northeast region for American Water, Voorhees, N.J.

For more information on the presentation, visit www.amwater.com.