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Water 2018, 10(9), 1164; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091164

Building a Methodology for Assessing Service Quality under Intermittent Domestic Water Supply

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Laboratoire Eau Environnement et Systèmes Urbains, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, AgroParisTech, 6-8 Avenue Blaise Pascal, F 77420 Marne la Vallée CEDEX 2, France
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Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, 84 Avenue Jean Jaurès, F 77420 Marne la Vallée CEDEX 2, France
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Received: 20 July 2018 / Revised: 24 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 30 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Water Distribution Networks)
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This document proposes a methodology for assessing the quality of water distribution service in the context of intermittent supply, based on a comparison of joint results from literature reviews and feedback from drinking water operators who had managed these networks, with standards for defining the quality of drinking water service. The paper begins by reviewing and proposing an analysis of the definition and characterization of intermittent water supply (IWS), highlighting some important findings. The diversity of approaches used to address the issue and the difficulty of defining a precise and detailed history of water supply in the affected systems broadens the spectrum of intermittency characterization and the problems it raises. The underlined results are then used to structure an evaluation framework for the water service and to develop improvement paths defined in the intermittent networks. The resulting framework highlights the means available to water stakeholders to assess their operational and management performance in achieving the improvement objectives defined by the environmental and socio-economic contexts in which the network operates. Practical examples of intermittent system management are collected from water system operators and presented for illustration purposes (Jeddah, Algiers, Port-au-Prince, Amman, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Mexico, Cancun, Saltillo, Mumbai, Delhi, Coimbatore …). View Full-Text
Keywords: intermittent water supply; water service quality; 24 × 7; water accessibility; water affordability; water availability intermittent water supply; water service quality; 24 × 7; water accessibility; water affordability; water availability
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Mokssit, A.; de Gouvello, B.; Chazerain, A.; Figuères, F.; Tassin, B. Building a Methodology for Assessing Service Quality under Intermittent Domestic Water Supply. Water 2018, 10, 1164.

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