Making Water System Rehabilitation Decisions

by Thomas M. Walski, (M.ASCE), US Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Making decisions regarding water distribution systems has always involved a great deal of judgment due to the complexity of the decisions involved. This paper presents a framework for approaching the problem in an organized manner to develop economically justifiable solutions. The key is to break decision making into three steps: analyze the need for replacement based on physical integrity; find the least cost solution to meet pressure and flow requirements; and assess the water quality and reliability consequences. Refs.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Economic factors | Frames | Decision making | Pressurized flow | Water flow | Water pressure | Water supply systems

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