WATSUP: A Simulation Model for Water Supply Cost and Reliability

by Mark R. Jensen, Univ of California, Davis, United States,
Jay R. Lund, Univ of California, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: WATSUP (Water Supply) is a computer model developed to provide a prototype modeling tool for planners to estimate the costs and reliability of urban water supply systems on a regional basis. WATSUP was developed with a graphical user interface (GUI) that runs in the Windows environment on a personal computer. WATSUP is a simulation model based on mass balance. This paper discusses the basic elements in a water supply system and their representation by WATSUP. The allocations of water to meet the demands are computed by using linear programming. WATSUP illustrates how recent software advances facilitate development of user friendly water supply modeling environments.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Computer software | Hydrologic models | Computer models | Simulation models | Decision support systems | Municipal water

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