Use of Interactive Simulation Environments for Evaluation of Water Supply Reliability

by Larry M. Karpack, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Inc, Kent, United States,
Richard N. Palmer, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Inc, Kent, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


This paper investigates physical performance measures and their practical application to a regional water resource system for western Washington. Specific criteria for characterizing the physical yield and reliability of a system are developed. The impact that a regionally intertied and jointly operated water supply network would have on system performance as measured by these criteria is analyzed. Trade-offs among specific performance measures of different methods of operation are presented and the implications for various competing interests are discussed.

Subject Headings: Quality control | Water supply | Water resources | Network analysis | Water supply systems | System reliability | Washington | United States

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