Water Supply is pleased to announce that with Volume 20, Issue 6 we will begin the first in the series of Editor Choice papers.  These papers are specially selected by Editor-in-Chief Slobodan Djordjević and the Editors of Water Supply, and will be made Open Access and broadly promoted through IWA Publishing’s social media channels. In each issue, one paper will be made Open Access through a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial – No Derivatives license.

Professor Djordjević, in an Editorial for the journal of Water Supply in Volume 20, Issue 6 choose the following paper as the inaugural Editor Choice Paper:

Leakage estimation in water networks based on the BABE and MNF analyses: a case study in Gavankola village, Iran.

Saeid Mohammadzade Negharchi and Rouzbeh Shafaghat 


Why was this paper chosen? 

Selecting one out of thirty-five excellent publications is not an easy task and my initial shortlists were not really short. I am pleased to commend the paper entitled “Leakage estimation in water networks based on the BABE and MNF analyses: a case study in Gavankola village, Iran” co-authored by S. M. Negharchi and R. Shafaghat from the Babol Noshirvani University of Technology. This paper analysed the ever-critical problem of leakage by elegantly combining different methods and making use of one month of pressure and flow rate data. Their case study was a rather small area – the village has only eight kilometres of pipes and three hundred connections – but the Authors captured this system’s functioning well, including specifics such as private tanks and customer night use. This paper nicely illustrates the important point that even with a modest field measurement campaign one can collect useful data that can be intelligently employed to assess processes in the system. The results were looked at in the context of national guidelines and international studies, and all data are provided in the Supplementary Material, which enables readers to use them. 

Slobodan Djordjević, Editor-in-Chief. 


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