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Video interviews available

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Published on: 28 May 2012

The Youtube channel of WaterLossEurope 2012 shows the first videos of the event.

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Important notice 2012-05-21 6:00am

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Published on: 21 May 2012
An update following the earthquake that affected Ferrara and northern Italy.
The conference WaterLossEurope 2012 and AccaDueO fair are confirmed.
Listed below are the scheduled changes caused by the unavailability of the University (the University is an historic building subject to specific monitoring).
Every news update will be available in the website and at the Information Desk in the conference venues.
 Day 1 – Wednesday May 23rd 2012

Conference venue and Registration Desk: University of Ferrara (unavailable). Location moved to Hotel Astra (viale Cavour 55, Historic Centre of Ferrara)
Welcome Reception: Castle of Ferrara (unavailable). Location moved to Hotel Astra (viale Cavour 55, Historic Centre of Ferrara)

Directions to Astra Hotel

Day 2 – Thursday May 24th 2012

Conference venue: AccaDueO – Ferrara Fair – Location: CONFIRMED

Day 3 – Friday May 25th 2012

Conference venue: AccaDueO – Ferrara Fair – Location: CONFIRMED

About the earthquake near Ferrara (20 May 2012)

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Published on: 20 May 2012

20 May 2012 – 12:00 am

About the earthquake near Ferrara:

the Authorities are checking the structures but no major damages are envisaged in the conference venues. We’ll inform all the participants by email in case of schedule changes.

Further updates will be posted also on this website (

Important note (16 May 2012)

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Published on: 20 May 2012

Dear Author, Participant,

Firstly, let me thank you all for your contribution as a chair, moderator, speaker or participant at Water Loss Europe!

We are now writing to all speakers/participants to consolidate main points previously discussed:

1. please find the final conference program at the following link:

- Please check when your presentation is scheduled and the timings allowed for each within your session

- All presentations are 20 minutes, including time for discussion at the end of each presentation

- You must bring your presentation (named with you for uploading on the day in the specific conference room. In addition you are also welcome to send your final presentation via email to Massimo Santi ( prior to the event (but no later than 20 May). Files should be labeled  ‘xx_ Presenter name’, where ‘xx’ is the two digit number (eg: 19_Bazzurro) against your presentation in the final program.

- You are kindly requested to be in the room where you will be presenting at least 10 min in advance the beginning of the session, to introduce yourself to the session chair and provide him with a very short CV to better introduce you to the audience.

3. All Participants and registered accompanying persons are invited to the IWC Welcome Reception in the Castle of Ferrara from 19:00 to 20:30 on Wed. 23 May

2. All Participants and registered accompanying persons are welcome to attend the Conference Banquet at 20:00 on 24 May at Sala Borsa near the Ferrara Castle (Largo Castello), but please let us know at your arrival at the registration desk if you intend to take up this invitation for badging and catering purposes

Important Note

We would like to remind you that :

- the first day of the conference will be at University of Ferrara at Via Savonarola, 9, at walking distance from recommended hotels and the Ferrara Castle

- the second and third day of the conference will be at Ferrara Fair at Via della Fiera, 11. Buses will transport all Participants from Hotel Ferrara (in front of the Castle) to the Fair and back. Departure from Hotel Ferrara is at 08:30.

Registration and Information desk

Participants can pick up their personal conference material at the registration desk.

The conference secretariat will be available to assist you during the conference.

- Desk at University of Ferrara (ground floor, 23 May): 08:30 – 17:00

- Desk at Ferrara Fair (1st floor – room B, 24-25 May): 09:00 – 17:00

At the desk is placed a message board to display messages to other delegates.

Please contact Michela Giangrasso (Organizing secretary: Mobile +39.335.7277330 or if you have any questions or need any clarifications.

Thanks again, looking forward to meeting to all

Yours truly,

WaterlossEurope Organising Committee

The conference brochure including map of the city with conference venues (University of Ferrara and Ferrara Fair), hotels, meeting point for transfer to Ferrara Fair, Welcome Reception and Conference Banquet location is available at the following link:

Some more days to register with reduced fees.

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Published on: 22 March 2012

Update: the Early Bird terms are closed.

The WaterLossEurope Organizers extend the Early Bird registration for some more days. Take this opportunity to join this European event on water loss and NRW!

Click here to register!


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Published on: 14 February 2012

Welcome to the Water Loss Europe 2012 Conference in Ferrara !

The preparation work that has gone into making this conference a reality has taken two years of dedication by many people. The joint conference chairs wish to congratulate everyone involved in organisation and sponsorship.

The growing sense of urgency in the world to manage dwindling water supplies in a better way than in the past is demonstrated by the large number of delegates attracted to IWA water loss conferences, making them the number one international event on water losses.

The International Water Association, through the Water Loss Specialist Group, is playing a major role in assisting Water Utilities around the world to deal effectively with the serious issue of water loss control. Thanks to the collaboration between IWA, the H2O Fair and University of Ferrara, this conference brings together the world’s experts, the most innovative technologies, the latest University and European funded research as well as all those who have a need to learn on this topic.

There are 84 technical, scientific and operational oral presentations including many first class case studies from all over Europe and the latest technologies in water loss.

We invite delegates to discover the latest methods of intervention techniques, measurement of best practice performance and assessment actions for greatest benefit in water loss reduction, and to take the opportunity to network with Task Force members and colleagues at the various social functions.

Ferrara is a wonderful choice of location for this conference and we look forward to welcome all professionals to Water Loss Europe.

Tim Waldron (Chairman IWA Water Loss Task Force)

Marco Fantozzi (Joint Chair Organising Committee Water Loss Europe Conference)



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Published on: 14 February 2012

We are pleased to announce that University of Ferrara, H2O Fair, HERA and IREN will be the organizer of the IWA Water Loss Europe Conference that will be held in Ferrara from the 23rd to the 25th of May 2012.

Water Loss Europe 2012 is intended to present and discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practice in all aspects of water loss assessment and control.

The conference is the first European regional event following the success achieved by a series of IWA water loss reduction international specialty conferences. The last world event was in Sao Paolo, Brasil in June 2010 where more than 140 technical papers were presented to more than 600 participants from all over the world.

Water Loss Europe 2012 is being brought to Ferrara in order to address the complexity of assessing and reducing water loss in urban distribution systems characterised by old and inefficient infrastructures and to improve the IWA relationship with European Companies operating in the Water Sector.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference.

Marco Franchini (Un. Ferrara), Franco Sami (Gruppo Hera), Marino Capelli (H2O Fair), Federico Ferretti (Enia Reggio Emilia srl, Gruppo IREN)


Selected Papers

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Published on: 9 February 2012

We are happy to inform that the very high quality of the 84 selected papers from 26 countries has already ensured that our Water Loss Europe 2012 conference will have top class papers, on a large variety of topics associated with reducing losses. Also it is noticeable that almost every water loss expert from around Europe will be attending the conference. The Authors of the proposed papers were informed by email of the results of abstracts’ evaluation.

The Technical Programme will be available soon in the web site.

Early Bird deadline postponed

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Published on: 7 February 2012

The Early Bird Registration deadline is March 15th, 2012.

Abstract Evaluation results coming soon

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Published on: 29 January 2012

The Scientific Committee is in the final stage of the abstract’s evaluation.
The authors will receive an email as soon as the results will be available.

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Under the patronage of
Mr Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment.
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In cooperation with
Università di Ferrara
Hosted jointly by:
Iren Emilia   Gruppo Hera
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Early Careers Water Loss Symposium in collaboration with
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