An Integrated Approach to the Real-Time Control of Water Supply and Distribution Systems

by Chun-hou Orr, Water Control Consultants, West Covina, United States,
Bryan Coulbeck, Water Control Consultants, West Covina, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


In recent years, real-time automated operation and control schemes have been implemented for a number of water supply and distribution systems with varying degrees of success. This paper summarizes many of the existing implementation strategies and highlights the potential areas of concerns. To ensure successful application of real-time technology in the complex water utility operation, an integrated approach embodying the consumer characteristics, the infrastructure changes, and the organization policies is essential.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Computer models | Water supply systems | Water policy | Computer programming | Automation | Lifeline systems | Organizations

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