Microcomputer Tools for the Management of a Multiple Reservoir Water Supply System

by Charles I. Moore, Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc, United States,
Christopher C. Clarkson, Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


In a Raw Water Management Plan study performed for the City of Newport News Waterworks, Camp Dresser & McKee developed a series of micro-computer programs that allow the City to effectively manage the raw water system. One component is a Safe Yield Model that evaluates the effects of changes in reservoir storage volume, pumping capacity, and conveyance capacity on the safe yield available during servere droughts. The second component is an expert decision support system that evaluates the cost, water quality, and risk of depletion impacts of various available pumping configurations to meet specified demand conditions and assists Waterworks staff in selecting the optimum configuration. This paper provides an overview of these two management tools and of the results of the Raw Water Management Plan.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | Water shortage | Water management | Water supply | Reservoirs | Computer software | Water quality | Urban areas

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