A multicriteria approach for a phased design of water distribution networks
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Water distribution networks are key infrastructure that provide essential water supply to communities. Planning water distribution networks involves many actors, including water companies, governments, environmentalists, consumers and financing institutions, and they tend to have conflicting perspectives. This work proposes a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) as a useful tool for providing decision support in such circumstances. A phased planning horizon scheme is proposed that identifies the design for the first time interval while considering possible future conditions that the network might have to cope with. The results identify the best ranked phased design solutions.
This paper is based on research conducted under the DESAFIO project (www.desafioglobal.org). DESAFIO is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 320303. The information contained in this work reflects only the opinion of the authors and the European Union is not responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.
13th Computer Control for Water Industry Conference, CCWI 2015
Vol. 119, pp. 1231-1240