Using A Risk-Based Relative Position Analysis to Initiate Water Conservation Measures

by Chris Basford, Newport News Waterworks, Newport News, United States,
Ron Harris, Newport News Waterworks, Newport News, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


When water utilities operate with annual demands close to safe yield, they must be prepared to invoke water conservation measures during droughts to assure adequate supply. Determining the severity and timing of conservation measures is vital to the operation of the utility both from the standpoint of economics and supply. Therefore, a risk assessed approach to invoking conservation was developed. The risk assessed approach combines customer demand and historical data on a chart which indicates the risk of depleting the system storage.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Water conservation | Water supply systems | Water storage | Water resources | Safety | Client relationships | Water demand

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