Estimating Urban and Suburban Sewage Flows with Assistance of GIS Technology

by Paul Kirshen, MWRA, Boston, United States,
Daniel Nvule, MWRA, Boston, United States,
John Corliss, MWRA, Boston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource?In Search of Solutions


The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), an agency created by the Massachusetts legislature to provide wholesale water and sewer services to the metropolitan Boston areea, is starting to prepare a master plan for sewer services for its Northern Service territory. This area includes approximately 23 cities and towns. A major need of the project is to develop estimates of present and projected average daily sewerage flows from residential and industrial-commercial-institutional (ICI) users entering the MWRA's interceptors from these connection points. Discussed in this paper is the methodology being used for this and its benefits.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Water resources | Sewers | Urban areas | Fluid flow | Water policy | Massachusetts | United States | Boston

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