Ground-Water Management for the Nation's Future: Optimum Conjunctive Operation of Ground-Water Basins

by Robert Y. D. Chun,
Lewis R. Mitchell,
Kiyoshi W. Mido,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1964, Vol. 90, Issue 4, Pg. 79-95

Document Type: Journal Paper


Planned use of ground-water basins implies using ground-water basins for transmitting and storing varying portions of an area's water supply. These functions are performed in close conjunction with surface facilities, such as reservoirs and pipelines, to meet the water requirements of the area. In arriving at the most efficient and economical plan of conjunctive operation, many complex and interrelated elements must be considered. These include water demand, water supply, alternative plans of operation, physical responses of ground-water basins and pipeline networks, and costs of facilities and operations. A method for determining the most economical plan for conjunctive operation of ground and surface systems has been developed. Concepts and techniques developed as integral parts of this method, and examined herein, include the use of mathematical models in analyzing the hydraulic characteristics and responses of ground-water basins and pipeline networks, the determination of facility and operational costs for various plans of operation, and the comparison of costs for alternative plans. Successful application of the method depends greatly on the use of electronic computers.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Basins | Water pipelines | Groundwater supply | Pipe networks | Economic factors | Water demand | Hydraulic models

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