Analysis and Management of Water Distribution Systems

by Hubert Demard, Prof.; Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Univ. of Quebec, Canada,
Jean-Pierre Villeneuve, Prof.; Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Univ. of Quebec, Quebec, Canada,
Bernard Bobee, Prof.; Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Univ. of Quebec, Quebec, Canada,


Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 167-182


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: A description is given of an integral approach to the management of urban water distribution systems, having as its objective the synthesis of the following elements - the planning, design, operation and control of the network, and the pricing of the resulting service. Analysis of the problem necessitates the use at various levels of different balancing techniques, and suggests the need for data concerning the structure of the consumer demand (in time and space), for individual consumers and for defined user groups. Accordingly, a study has been made of the variations of consumer demand, on a time scale varying from 1 min to 1 day, in representative single family and multiple family dwellings in two cities, Sherbrooke and Sainte-Foy (Province of Quebec, Canada). For the latter municipality a study of the possible control of the water distribution system in real time, as a function of predicted consumer demand, is described. Finally, a pricing structure based on the observed variations of the consumer demand is proposed.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | System analysis | Systems management | Municipal water | Pricing | Structural analysis | Space structures | Integrals | Urban development | Data analysis | North America | Canada | Quebec

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