Water System Reliability—Balance of Cost and Risk

See related content

by John P. Velon, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution

Abstract: Reliability of water distribution systems to perform adequately during stress situations is dependent both on operation/maintenance preparedness as well as the limitations of the physical network. A distribution network, which may reliably provide a good level of service during a period of peak demands, may be vulnerable to situations when components of the system (mains, pumps, etc) are inoperable. Such situations are often overlooked in network design. The paper presents a procedure for identifying the vulnerability of networks to such situations, quantifying the costs of improvements, and evaluating the risks of not making the improvements.

Subject Headings: System reliability | Water supply systems | Risk management | Disaster preparedness | Stress distribution | Freight transportation | Pumps | Economic factors |

Services: Buy this book/Buy this article


Return to search