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Implementation of DMAs in Intermittent Water Supply Networks Based on Equity Criteria

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Facultad Nacional de Ingeniería, Universidad Técnica de Oruro, Ciudad universitaria s/n, 49 Oruro, Bolivia
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FluIng-IMM, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera s/n, Edif. 5C, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Cisero Straße 40, 10107 Berlin, Germany
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Water 2017, 9(11), 851; https://doi.org/10.3390/w9110851
Received: 26 September 2017 / Revised: 30 October 2017 / Accepted: 31 October 2017 / Published: 3 November 2017
Intermittent supply is a common way of delivering water in many developing countries. Limitations on water and economic resources, in addition to poor management and population growth, limit the possibilities of delivering water 24 h a day. Intermittent water supply networks are usually designed and managed in an empirical manner, or using tools and criteria devised for continuous supply systems, and this approach can produce supply inequity. In this paper, an approach based on the hydraulic capacity concept, which uses soft computing tools of graph theory and cluster analysis, is developed to define sectors, also called district metered areas (DMAs), to produce an equitable water supply. Moreover, this approach helps determine the supply time for each sector, which depends on each sector’s hydraulic characteristics. This process also includes the opinions of water company experts, the individuals who are best acquainted with the intricacies of the network. View Full-Text
Keywords: intermittent water supply; cluster analysis; graph theory; DMA; equity intermittent water supply; cluster analysis; graph theory; DMA; equity
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Ilaya-Ayza, A.E.; Martins, C.; Campbell, E.; Izquierdo, J. Implementation of DMAs in Intermittent Water Supply Networks Based on Equity Criteria. Water 2017, 9, 851.

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