Brown and Caldwell Home Page
Technical Papers RECENT PAPERS    ALL PAPERS      LOG IN

Brown and Caldwell engineers and scientists are technical and thought leaders in the environmental sector. Meet the people who have been advancing innovation for more than 70 years.
Author      Title/Abstract      

Studying Water System Operation by Computer
Author: James A. Cathcart, Larry M. Sears
Presented at the ASCE Hydraulics Division Specialty Conference, Couer d' Alene, Idaho, Aug. 14-17, 1984

Computer modeling can greatly improve the planning and operation of water systems at relatively low cost. Time-dependent water system models can be used to refine improvements to a water supply and distribution system, and micro-and mini-computers now have the ability to handle many such models. In a recent study for the City of Fullerton, California, a time-dependent computer model identified needed new facilities and operational improvements to the water supply system that can save the city a considerable amount of money. The computer model enabled the city and its engineers to identify ways to maximize use of low-cost well water and reduce the amount of pumping (and energy use) throughout the system.