A GIS Approach to Urban Water System Planning

by A. B. Bishop, Utah State Univ, Logan, United States,
T. C. Hughes, Utah State Univ, Logan, United States,
H. H. Fullerton, Utah State Univ, Logan, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

Abstract:

Procedures for projecting future water needs have ignored the spatial distribution of consumers. However, with a GIS approach to water demand forecasting and supply planning the spatial dimension of M&I water uses can be modeled. Using the map overlay capability of GIS to represent the geographic variation of parameters which explain the water demand of consumers, spatially disaggregated water demands are computed for water system service areas. Supplies available to the service area are maintained in a data base and allocated to satisfy the demands. The GIS model is now operational for Utah's Wasatch Front, the most rapidly growing urban region of the State.



Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Graphic methods | Computer software | Urban development | Water demand

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