Drinking Water Distribution System Reliability: A Case Study

by James A. Goodrich, EPA, Cincinnati, OH, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The purpose of this study was to present a tool useful to water utilities that not only could analyze historical distribution system reliability data, but also provide a flexible and expandable mechanism for record-keeping enabling overall management of water works facilities and resources. The objectives of this research were to: assess the resources necessary to utilize microcomputers in this application, compare and contrast results with those of a previous study that only analyzed large transmission mains, and evaluate the relevance of only analyzing a sample of a large utility compared to the time and cost necessary to study the entire network.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | System reliability | Case studies | Drinking water | Comparative studies | Network analysis | Information management | Water resources | Ohio | United States

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