By Thomas Walski, Ph.D., P.E. and Perrine Parrod, M.S., M.B.A.
Population health is a primary concern of water utilities, whether water demands are typical (daily demands) or an out-of-the ordinary event occurs and threatens the continuous, safe supply of potable water. Water utilities must be prepared to respond to emergencies before they occur, and this is where hydraulic modeling can be particularly useful.
Water utilities’ operations departments typically rely on a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor the water network, as SCADA data provides a snapshot of what is currently occurring in the water system. However, relying uniquely on SCADA data is limited because it cannot interpolate between measured points or see what will happen in the future.
This white paper reviews use cases where an up-to-date, calibrated hydraulic model can help utilities prevent emergencies as well as be better prepared for emergencies and respond faster to them.