A Systems Approach to the Assessment of Water Supply, Treatment, Storage and Distribution Systems

by Raul A. Deju, NUS Corp, Pittsburgh, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


To focus on the needs of a system at present and in the future and to foresee potential problem areas prior to their occurrence, it is advisable for the management of a water utility to conduct periodic audits of their systems. The author proposes the use of a systematic assessment approach covering system capacity, reliability, and quality factors as well as regulatory, social and financial factors. The evaluation is conducted in a standardized fashion tracing the system from source to distribution and comparing specific system components against pre-defined standards or desirable goals. Further, such an evaluation seeks weak points in the system and prioritizes needed recommendations.

Subject Headings: Water treatment | Water storage | Social factors | Water supply | Water supply systems | System reliability | Systems engineering | Utilities

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