Modelling Complex Water Distribution Systems

by John F. Shawcross, Metcalf & Eddy Inc, Woburn, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


A program previously used for the analysis of hundreds of water distribution systems was successfully modified to provide the features needed for the extended simulation of large complex water systems. Extended simulation of water distribution systems allows a time step analysis through several days of operation. It is particularly useful in sizing storage tanks and pumping stations. Modeling the primary water distribution system for Austin, Texas is described. The preprocessor programs used for the manipulation of population and water use data are also described. Additional refinements to the program are proposed.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Hydraulic models | Hydrologic models | Storage tanks | Pumping stations | Energy storage | Waste storage | Hydrologic data | Texas | United States

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