Studying Water System Operation by Computer

by James A. Cathcart, Brown & Caldwell, Pasadena, CA, USA,
Larry M. Sears, Brown & Caldwell, Pasadena, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


Computer modeling can greatly improve the planning and operation of water systems at relatively low cost. Time-dependent water system models can be used to refine improvements to a water supply and distribution system, and micro- and mini-computers now have the ability to handle many such models. In a recent study for the City of Fullerton, California, a time-dependent computer model identified needed new facilities and operational improvements to the water supply system. The computer model enabled the city and its engineers to identify ways to maximize use of low-cost well water and reduce the amount of pumping throughout the system. The study also included training city personnel in the use of the computer program and model. The city staff can now study daily, seasonal and emergency operating strategies and analyze results quickly.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Computing in civil engineering | Water supply systems | Municipal water | Hydrologic models | Optimization models | Computer models | Benefit cost ratios | California | United States

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