Experience With a Water Distribution System Model

by Myron Munson, Jr., City of Santa Cruz Water Dep, United States,
Howard L. Selznick, City of Santa Cruz Water Dep, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computerized Decision Support Systems for Water Managers


The City of Santa Cruz has a water distribution system covering approximately 30 square miles (78 km2) and serving 75,000 people. The population is expected to be over 100,000 by year 2005. The City, with assistance from Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., has used a computer model to simulate the operation of its distribution system almost continously since 1976. The model is used for such purposes as evaluating the impacts of new development; determining effects of taking certain pipelines out of service; and analyzing changes in system operation, including design of new facilities.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Hydrologic models | Hydraulic models | System analysis | Computer models | Water pipelines | Urban areas | Eddy (fluid dynamics) | California | United States

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