Systems Analysis for Urban Water Supply and Distribution

Gerald M. Sturman

DOI: 10.2190/4U96-0GUT-3T0M-K60D


The use of systems analysis, computer-aided planning and engineering and a multidisciplinary team of specialists in urban planning, hydraulics engineering, systems analysis and financial analysis represents a comprehensive approach to the development of water supply and distribution systems. Each technical discipline must interact efficiently with the others at various phases of the project and few major decisions can be made without input from several disciplines. Systems analysis methodology in planning, operations research and hydraulics has advanced sufficiently in recent years so that solution techniques as well as computer programs are available for a wide variety of water resource problems. The optimization of water supply and distribution networks to meet future demands will depend on the use of comprehensive and systematic analyses of the type described here.

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