A combination of theoretical and practical aspects. Knowledgeable and experienced lecturers. Overall a good interactive class with thorough explanations of questions by lecturers.- Gold Coast 2016 View all testimonials

Essentials of Water Auditing

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event

Learn how to perform a rigorous water audit.  This is a practical course which will teach you how to prepare hydraulic diagrams for a site, calculate usage and baseflows, prepare a site water balance and calculate savings and payback periods for a range of water efficiency options.

By fully understanding the hydraulic system in a facility, steps can be taken to improve the process and then supply fit-for-use water where required in a cost effective way. Auditing is an important first step in achieving water efficiency.

Governments in most states are requiring large water users to conduct audits of their properties and this course will enable the practitioner to conduct an audit according to these requirements.


Day 1

  • Introduction - case studies and regulatory requirements
  • Understanding a site hydraulic system
  • Meter reading, description of the different meter types and features
  • Analysing billing data and current usage to establish a baseline
  • Monitoring water use using data-logging equipment and remote data analysis
  • Measuring flow rates of a range of water using fixtures
  • Workshop

Day 2

  • Site visit including water audit
  • Preparing a water balance 
  • Common fixture and equipment improvement measures
  • Calculating costs, savings and payback periods
  • Industry best practice benchmarks

The course will be a combination of lecturing, presentation of case studies and hands-on application of the skills learned.


  • Skills to perform your own rigorous water audit
  • Access to real Australian case studies 
  • Course notes and CD-ROM
  • Access to a leading Australian practitioner in water auditing
  • Hands-on training


  • Any industrial users of potable water 
  • Council and utilities staff wanting to improve the water efficiency of their properties
  • Consultants wishing to conduct water audits for clients
  • Facilities and property managers aiming to get a better understanding of applying water efficiency to their sites
  • Anyone needing to comply with government regulations to prepare water management plans

Reid Butler
Adam Jones