LeaksSuite Website Outreach
Progress in January to March 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 Jan-March 2017, User numbers rose by 2,200 (12%) to 19,900 from 181 countries, and number of Page Views reached 112,800. The overview of the website statistics to date, near the end of this Blog, shows User numbers by Google Geographical region and country; 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.
The creators of this website hoped to achieve 20,000 users, the same number of Liverpool supporters who watch from Anfield’s famous Spion Kop. It has taken us only 4 years to achieve this number. We hope that those of you who use the website, wherever you are in the world, WILL NEVER WALK ALONE with LeaksSuite available at a click to help you with your NRW management.
The Navigation diagram on the ‘Welcome’ Home Page assists Users to access material of interest to them on the site. Some 1,327 Users have also registered on the LEAKSSuite Knowledge Hub so that they can be automatically advised whenever additional items are listed in Whats New.
- •‘Concepts’ webpages Page Views grew by 12%.
- •‘Free Software’ Page Views grew by 6%, with regular requests for copies of AZP&NDFCalcs and EurWB&PICalcs.
- ‘Blogs’ Page Views rose by 5% to 11,000, with 4050 to date of the 2015 EU Reference Document.
- Outreach – Free papers Page Views grew by only 2.5%, but many of the more recent papers and presentations are now located in Info-Hubs, which concentrate papers and other material on a single topic in one easily accessible location.
With the launch of the Pros abandon %s of SIV Webpage, Page views of the ‘KPIs Fit for Purpose’ Info-Hub increased by 34% in the quarter; over 100 NRW specialist from 21 countries have already joined the Supporters of PaP Initiative. 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. For upcoming presentations on this and other topics, see the new ‘Workshops/Upcoming Events’ Webpage. ‘Sponsors’ webpage is now located in the ‘About Us’ section.
- The Global ILIs Info-Hub continues to attract increasing attention, with a 13% rise to 7169 Page Views during the quarter.
- Page Views of the Apparent Losses Info-Hub, established in 2015, rose by 8% to 5616.
- Page Views of Influences of Pressure Info-Hub grew by 3.5% to 3182, coupled with a also a 60% increase in Page Views of the Night-Day Factor (NDF) concept webpage.
New material on improved application of FAVAD to N1 and NDF calculations will become available during April to September (see Workshops/Upcoming Events’) , and will include a 1-day Workshop on 8th September at Sheffield University immediately following the CCWI Conference .
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 has very recently agreed (February 2017) 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 31st March 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, at rates of 12% to 13% per quarter except for Africa (15%) and Oceania (8%). The split between new and return Users continues to be consistent at around 60%:40%. Most Users find the website through Organic Search (67% of sessions), followed by Direct Access (27% of sessions) then Referrals (4%,) and 2% from social media for this website with specialist technical content.
We would also appreciate feedback from users on what you like or dislike about the Website; please use ‘Contact Us’ to let us know. We will attempt to reply to all such feedback.
Any potential Sponsors who may be interested to support our ‘free to all’ philosophy and activities, to enable us to continue and develop our free service to others, are also welcome to Contact Us.
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