Reliability Analysis of Urban Water Supply

by Benjamin F. Hobbs, Case Western Reserve Univ, Dep of, Systems Engineering, Cleveland, OH, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


The high economic and environmental costs of large water supply projects are forcing engineers to consider not only alternative means of increasing system reliability, such as interconnections, water reuse, and demand management, but also the option of accepting a lower standard of reliability. There is a need for improved computer-based methods for estimating and optimizing the reliability of bulk water supply and transmission for public water systems while considering all significant sources of supply unreliability. The purpose of this paper is to survey the application of reliability models to bulk water supply systems and to highlight some promising new approaches.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Environmental issues | Hydrologic models | Water demand | Municipal water | Water supply systems | Economic factors | Construction costs

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