Computer Based Master Plans Manage Water Resources

by Floyd Marsh, City of Scottsdale, United States,
Clifford Pomerantz, City of Scottsdale, United States,
Dennis Phinney, City of Scottsdale, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


Scottsdale is pursuing water and wastewater master planning with the goal of implementing a proactive water resources management policy. To prepare dynamic master plans with the above objectives in mind, the City of Scottsdale created a specialized water resources management team including City water resources planners and consultants from three engineering firms. The water resources management team worked together to develop an integrated master plan for Scottsdale's water supply, distribution and storage; wastewater collection, treatment, and reuse; and subsurface storage and recovery. The team developed interrelated computer models to evaluate projected land use and its effects on the water distribution system, wastewater collection system, groundwater quality, and groundwater quantity. All models have been configured and installed on City-owned personal computers.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water management | Computer models | Water policy | Water storage | Water reclamation | Computing in civil engineering | Wastewater management | Arizona | United States

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