Reliability of Urban Water Supply Reservoir System

by Les K. Lampe, Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO, USA,
J. Darrell Bakken, Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


Assessment of the reliability, or risk of failure, of water supply reservoirs is dependent on several factors including reservoir volume, probability of dam failure and drought inflows. A comprehensive evaluation should include analysis of each of these parameters. However, most water supply studies focus only on one or two of the elements. The Indianapolis Water Company recently completed a comprehensive review of its sources of supply that included determination of the volume of its source reservoirs, calculation of the yield of each reservoir on two bases and evaluation of the structural integrity of the two company owned reservoir dams.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Water supply systems | Dam failures | System reliability | Urban areas | Reservoirs | Water storage | Failure analysis | Indiana | United States

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