Research database of water distribution system models

Matthew D. Jolly, Amanda D. Lothes, L. Sebastian Bryson, Lindell Ormsbee

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Since the 1960s, researchers have continued to develop new methodologies and algorithms in support of the planning, design, and management of water distribution systems. While initial research focused on modeling the hydraulics of such systems, the 1980s gave rise to additional research focus on water quality issues. More recent research has expanded into issues of system reliability and resilience, energy management, and sensor and chlorine booster station placement. In most cases, researchers have relied on either hypothetical water distribution systems or a handful of actual systems for use as benchmark test systems. Some of the more widely used actual systems include the New York tunnel system and the Hanoi water distribution system. This paper describes the development of a database of several water distribution systems synthesized from a statewide database of systems originally developed by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. The developed models include both small and medium networks, as well a range of system characteristics (i.e., system configuration-grid, looped, and branched systems-and system components-number of tanks, pump stations, and supply sources). The development of the database is described, as well as how to gain access to the developed models. All models have been developed to support use by water distribution system modeling software

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-416
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Databases
  • Hydraulic models
  • Network analysis
  • Water distribution systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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