Towards a Framework for Optimal Operation of Water Grids

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Ashbolt, Stephanie Camille, Maheepala, Shiroma and Perera, B. J. C (2011) Towards a Framework for Optimal Operation of Water Grids. In: Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress : 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium : 10th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering, 26 June - 1 July 2011, Brisbane Australia. Valentine, E. M, Apelt, C. J, Ball, J. E, Chanson, H, Cox, R, Ettema, R, Kuczera, G, Lambert, M, Melville, B. W and Sargison, J. E, eds. Engineers Australia, Barton, A.C.T., pp. 1961-1968.


The concept of a water grid is emerging in the Australian water industry as a potential solution to address water scarcity in urban areas. A water grid comprises a network of pipelines that interconnect bulk water sources across supply systems to allow water from areas of surplus to be moved to areas that face a shortfall, managing risk at a regional level beyond the catchment. The operation of water grids raises new challenges, such as: • optimising movement of water across a complex network to meet multiple objectives such as resource and energy efficiency, operational cost and environmental flows; • incorporating multiple sources of uncertainty; and • implementing water trading and markets. This paper reviews such challenges of water grid management and outlines a framework to further investigate some of the research questions.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 9780858258686
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Historical > SEO Classification > 9609 Land and Water Management
Keywords ResPubID23630, hydrology, urban water management, operational planning, systems modelling
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