Optimal disinfection of water distribution networks following a contamination event

A. Ostfeld, E. Salomons

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Water distribution systems are prone to be contaminated. Following a contamination event, the contaminated section of the water distribution system should be identified, isolated and cleaned before it is returned to service. The regulatory agencies such as the ministry of health in Israel publishes procedures for the disinfection of water mains in which usually a short part of a single main is considered and no specific procedures are given for larger portions of the water system. This study presents an optimal operation plan for disinfection of water distribution systems taking into account the locations where the disinfectants should be injected into the network, their concentration, injection times, flow rate and drainage locations. The method is a GA-EPANET framework. It is demonstrated on a small real-world network section.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-172
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Water Distribution System Analysis, WDSA 2014 - Bari, Italy
Duration: 14 Jul 201417 Jul 2014

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  • Disinfection
  • Optimization
  • Water distribution systems
  • Water quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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