Water Use Forecasting and Evaluating the Effects of Conservation Measures

by Daniel N. Nvule, Univ of Texas at Austin, Dep of, Civil Engineering, Austin, TX, USA,
David R. Maidment, Univ of Texas at Austin, Dep of, Civil Engineering, Austin, TX, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: The City of Austin, Texas, instituted mandatory restrictions on water use during a summer drought in 1984 when water use levels beyond 150 million gallons per day stressed the city's water treatment and distribution system. An intervention and transfer function model is used to show the effect of the restrictions as being a reduction in water use of 13 MGD. Daily water use forecasts made throughout the summer using the transfer function model on an IBM-PC in the City's offices enabled management to anticipate short-term water use levels up to two weeks ahead.

Subject Headings: Water use | Water conservation | Water shortage | Water treatment | Water resources | Hydrologic models | Forecasting | Mathematical models | Water supply systems | Urban areas | North America | Texas | United States | Austin (Texas)

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