American Society of Civil Engineers


Case Study: Application of Multicriteria Decision Making to Urban Water Supply


by Ahmad Abrishamchi, (Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Envir. and Water Res. Ctr., Sharif Univ. of Technol., Tehran, Iran. E-mail: abrisham@sharif.edu), Ali Ebrahimian, (Tehran Engrg. and Tech. Consulting Organization, P.O. Box 15875-1681, Tehran, Iran; formerly, Grad. Student, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Sharif Univ. of Technol., Tehran, Iran), Massoud Tajirishi, (Asst. Prof., Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Envir. and Water Res. Ctr., Sharif Univ. of Technol., Tehran, Iran), and Miguel A. Mariño, Hon.M.ASCE, (Prof., Dept. of Civ. and Envir. Engrg. and Hydro. Program, Univ. of California, Davis, CA 95616-8628. E-mail: mamarino@ucdavis.edu)

Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 131, No. 4, July/August 2005, pp. 326-335, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9496(2005)131:4(326))

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: Presented herein is an attempt to put into practice the multicriteria decision making technique of compromise programming for a real urban water management case study in the city of Zahidan in Iran. Zahidan, the capital of Sistan and Balouchistan Province, faces serious water problems in terms of both quality and quantity. To satisfy future water demands, a long-distance water transmission project is being implemented. Compromise programming is applied to aiding decision makers in selecting the best possible alternatives for distribution of both available and the transmitted water in the city. The results obtained reveal that the method is capable of being employed by decision-makers for comprehensive urban water management studies.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Case studies
Decision making
Iran
Sensitivity analysis
Urban areas
Water management
Water supply