AWWA-94109 Criteria for Optimized Distribution Systems
Water utility companies have long recognized the need for
optimization of not only water treatment operations, but also the water
distribution system. In recent years, the USEPA, state regulators, and water
professionals have been actively researching the development of distribution
system optimization and assessment programs.
Criteria for Optimized Distribution Systems introduces consensus-based criteria, best management practices, and assessments for distribution system optimization. The optimization process described is for systems that practice secondary disinfection using either free chlorine or chloramine. The report includes software tools on CD-ROM to assist utilities in the distribution optimization process.
This research report provides the foundation of the , a voluntary program specially designed to help water utilities improve their distribution system processes, procedures, and metric measures. Improve the quality of water delivered to your customers and ensure system reliability by using operational optimization methods, instead of costly capital improvements. Gain USEPA and Partnership recognition upon program completion.
When implemented by your water utility, distribution system optimization will result in
Greater public health protection
Demonstrable excellence in distribution system operations
Improved water quality
Fewer main breaks
Improved pressure management
Compliance with anticipated SDWA distribution system regulations