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A study by Seago et al. (2004) for benchmarking water leakage from a reticulation system using data from 27 water supply systems in 19 countries came up with a water leakage benchmark value of 276 L/connection/day. From Table 6, the amount of water leakage quantified in the Harare Water study areas ranged from 269.0 to 807.2 L/connection/day. The average for the four areas was 512 L/connection/day. From these figures, it can be concluded that water leakage in Harare Water is above the international benchmark suggested by Seago et al. (2004). Seago et al. (2004) also carried out a study in 30 South African water supply systems and reported an average leakage value of 340 L/connection/day.

Table 6

Measured water leakage from the study areas presented in L/connections/day

Water leakage 
Water supply areaNumber of connectionsm3/monthL/conn/day
Budiriro 11,400 112,464 328.8 
Belvedere 1,900 46,008 807.2 
Glen View 11,100 89,568 269.0 
Mabelreign 3,200 61,632 642 
Water leakage 
Water supply areaNumber of connectionsm3/monthL/conn/day
Budiriro 11,400 112,464 328.8 
Belvedere 1,900 46,008 807.2 
Glen View 11,100 89,568 269.0 
Mabelreign 3,200 61,632 642 

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