LeaksSuite Website Outreach
Progress in April to June 2017 and new initiatives
The major upgrade of the LEAKSSuite website in Feb 2013 created a free information source for international concepts and management of Non-Revenue Water, Apparent Losses, Leakage and Pressure. During April-June 2017, User numbers rose by 2,033 (10%) to 22,230 from 185 countries, and number of Page Views reached 123,276. The overview of the website statistics to date, near the end of this Blog, shows User numbers by Google Geographical region and country. Over the past 12 months key topics of User interest are shown below. Analysis of trends in this data is used to identify new initiatives which are likely to be of greatest interest and benefit to Users. Click on the following Table and Bar Chart to expand for detailed view.
The Navigation diagram on the ‘Welcome’ Home Page assists Users to access material of interest to them on the site. Some 1327 Users have also registered on the LinkedIn LeaksSuite Knowledge Hub so that they can be automatically advised whenever additional items are listed in What’s New.
The Influences of Pressure Info-Hub received a significant 25% increase of 1100 Page Views, reflecting increasing international interest in this topic. In June, the blog and media clip on pressure transients attracted 52 ‘Likes’ on the LEAKSSuite Knowledge Hub. Also, a peer-reviewed A.S.C.E paper ‘A Theory for more realistic modelling of leakage and intrusion flows through leak openings in pipes’ by van Zyl, Lambert and Collins, using FAVAD concepts, was published with free open access.
Further stimulus on these pressure-related leakage topics will occur through presentations at Bath in July 18-20th and in Sheffield at CCWI 5th-7th September followed by a Workshop on 8th September. Website users with interest in this topic can expect, over the next 3 months, to learn how pressure influences N1 values, how to field calibrate zonal leak flow rate against average Zone Pressure, and improved practical methods of calculating Night-Day Factors.
Page Views of the Info-Hubs on Apparent Losses, KPIs fit for Purpose, and Global ILIs increased by 12%, 11% and 10% respectively during the quarter. Supporters of the Professionals abandon %s of SIV initiative have now risen to 124 NRW specialists from 22 countries . If you also believe that effective Water Conservation in the 21st Century is too important to be compromised by passive continued acceptance of such a seriously flawed KPI, it’s easy to register your support.
The IWS Info-Hub on Intermittent Supply, launched at the end of December, has not progressed as well as anticipated due to a delay in acquiring permissions to list freely available papers on this topic. However, the IWA agreed in February to set up an IWS Specialist Group, which hopefully will give an additional impetus to IWS issues. The situation will be kept under review.
Website Statistics to 30th June 2017
LeaksSuite Website content rates highly in Google searches for ‘Water Leakage and Pressure Management’ and associated topics. Cumulative and Quarterly growth of numbers of New Users, Sessions and Page Views are shown in the following charts and Tables. For slower viewing of individual slides in sequences below, click on any slide and then move backwards or forwards using arrows which appear at the left and right sides of the slides.
Number of Users continues to grow in all Google Geographical Regions, by 10% to 12% in Americas, Asia and Africa; 8% in Europe and 5% in Oceania. Welcome to Cayman Islands, Faroe Islands and Gambia.
The split between new and return Users was 46%:54% in April to June; most Users found the website through Organic Search (68% of sessions), followed by Direct Access (23% of sessions) then Referrals (8%,) and 1% from social media for this website with specialist technical content.
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LeaksSuite Website Approach
The LeaksSuite website is written by us using current issue industry standard open source WordPress software and appropriate plug-in and back-up applications and themes; as such it is robust and independent to our best endeavours. The site adopts Google Analytics (GA) to monitor search engine results pages (SERPS) and to track other anonymous user parameters in an effort to maintain currency of content and focus on our mission through consistent and appropriate inclusion and site navigation. GA filters are applied to reduce referral and other spam and this apparent traffic reduction is reflected in the statistics quoted. Search engine optimisation (SEO) follows “white hat” content driven best practice without any attempt to apply black-hat techniques. As such the websites authority is derived purely by and is dependent upon substantial verified industry leading content and references. It is our intention to continuously enliven the site with new content and innovation.
Allan Lambert, on behalf of ILMSS Ltd and WLR&A Ltd