Water Loss Audit - Auditor Training
Water loss audits are required to be completed by a person trained to conduct water loss auditing. Training made available by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) satisfies Texas Water Code Section 16.0121(i) (amended by House Bill 1573 of the 85th Legislature). This training is associated with the individual, not the utility, and is only required once, unless there are subsequent legislative requirements changes.
Below is a link to a video that is approximately an hour in length. Once you have watched the video and training has been completed, you will receive instructions on how to download, save and print an acknowledgement of completion of the training. You must maintain the acknowledgement of training in your personal records and upload it to the water loss audit every year you are submitting an audit. TWDB will not maintain these records but will verify that the individual has received training by viewing the acknowledgement attached to the water loss audit. The name on the acknowledgement should match the name of the individual completing the water loss audit.
Water loss auditors may also satisfy Texas Water Code Section 16.0121(i) by attending a TWDB Water Loss Audit Workshop.
Water Loss Use and Conservation (WLUC) Workshops
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will be conducting two training webinars based on the water use survey, water loss audit, and water conservation reports. Information on TWDB’s financial assistance and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s financial, management, and technical assistance programs will be included.
The WLUC workshops will be held 8:00 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 8 and Thursday, April 22. Attendance at these workshops satisfies the legislative requirement under 31 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 358.6 (b)(4), requiring water loss auditor training prior to submitting a water loss audit to TWDB. Retail public water suppliers should find these workshops helpful as all retail public water suppliers are required to submit a 2020 water loss audit by May 1, 2021.
The WLUC workshops, part of TWDB’s Technical Assistance for Water Loss Control program (TAWLC), looks at water loss from a water stewardship perspective. Public utility revenue loss, collecting and reporting accurate data, assessing, auditing, and data validation will be reviewed. Data validation is accomplished using TWDB’s assessment scales which help utilities identify action items for water loss control.
The WLUC workshops are provided at no cost to participants and approved for 4 hours of continuing education for licensed water operators through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The Texas Water Development Board will be using the GoToWebinar platform to allow agency staff to securely connect to a wide variety of audiences and utilize a multitude of tools. By using this platform, we can effectively educate and communicate the importance of how to utilize the water loss audit and implement water conservation throughout your water system.
You will sign-up using GoToWebinar's registration feature with your email address that will be used to e verify attendance during the webinar. Also, if you want credit hours through TCEQ you will need to input your operator license number accordingly. Polls will be administered to monitor for comprehension and retention, while GoToWebinar's participant list tracks the duration of your time spent within the webinar.
Attendance at these workshops also satisfies the legislative requirement under 31 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 358.6 (b)(4), requiring water loss auditor training prior to submitting a water loss audit to the TWDB. The training requirement can also be satisfied by viewing a pre-recorded training video.
Please contact WLA-Group@twdb.texas.gov for any questions.
You can find additional information on conducting your water loss audit on our Water Loss Audit page.