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Solution Approaches for the Management of the Water Resources in Irrigation Water Systems with Fuzzy Costs

Research Centre on Production Management and Engineering (CIGIP), Universitat Politècnica de València, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Alcoy, Plaza Ferrándiz y Carbonell, 03801 Alcoy, Spain
Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Camino de Vera s/n, Spain
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Water 2019, 11(12), 2432;
Received: 9 September 2019 / Revised: 6 November 2019 / Accepted: 18 November 2019 / Published: 20 November 2019
Currently, the management of water networks is key to increase their sustainability. This fact implies that water managers have to develop tools that ease the decision-making process in order to improve the efficiency of irrigation networks, as well as their exploitation costs. The present research proposes a mathematical programming model to optimize the selection of the water sources and the volume over time in water networks, minimizing the operation costs as a function of the water demand and the reservoir capacity. The model, which is based on fuzzy methods, improves the evaluation performed by water managers when they have to decide about the acquisition of the water resources under uncertain costs. Different fuzzy solution approaches have been applied and assessed in terms of model complexity and computational efficiency, showing the solution accomplished for each one. A comparison between different methods was applied in a real water network, reaching a 20% total cost reduction for the best solution. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; fuzzy techniques; water management sustainability; fuzzy techniques; water management
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Sanchis, R.; Díaz-Madroñero, M.; López-Jiménez, P.A.; Pérez-Sánchez, M. Solution Approaches for the Management of the Water Resources in Irrigation Water Systems with Fuzzy Costs. Water 2019, 11, 2432.

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