Computer-Aided Drought Operations

by Roland C. Steiner, Interstate Commission on the Potomac, River Basin, Rockville, MD, USA,
Daniel P. Sheer, Interstate Commission on the Potomac, River Basin, Rockville, MD, USA,
James A. Smith, Interstate Commission on the Potomac, River Basin, Rockville, MD, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: A simulated drought operations exercise is conducted annually in the Washington, D. C. area. Local water supply utilities work with the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin in order to exercise the links necessary in the event of an actual drought. The institutional setting for cooperative operations is established in eight separate agreements singed by the relevant parties in 1982. They define a coordinated approach to be adopted during a water supply shortage, including the duties of those involved. Computer programs have been developed in order to reduce the manual computational burden, and to ensure quick, accurate and consistent results while conducting the exercise.

Subject Headings: Droughts | Computer aided operations | Water resources | Water supply systems | Water demand | Computer software | Flow simulation | Potomac River | Washington | North America | United States

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