Metabolism-based modelling for performance assessment of water supply system: a case study of Reggio Emilia, Italy

Liserra, Tonino, Behzadian, Kourosh, Ugarelli, Rita, Bertozzi, R., Di Federico, Vittorio and Kapelan, Zoran (2016) Metabolism-based modelling for performance assessment of water supply system: a case study of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 16 (5). pp. 1221-1230. ISSN 1606-9749

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Abstract

A new class of conceptual simulation tools, as a complement to physically based models, is
becoming available to simulate the whole water cycle in urban areas for strategic planning often
involving the allocation of great amount of financial resources. These simulation tools are required to
estimate the impact of the today decisions on the system performance over the next decades and to
compare and rank different intervention strategies. To achieve this, this paper aims to build the
metabolism-based modelling of real water supply system using the recently developed WaterMet2
model in order to evaluate long-term performance metrics for possible intervention strategies. This
metabolism-based approach was demonstrated for evaluation of the water supply system of Reggio
Emilia, Italy, which is one of the demonstration case studies in the EU TRUST project. Based on the
strains imposed by pressing challenges (here population growth) two intervention strategies were
analysed. The results obtained show that the built and calibrated WaterMet2 model allows a broader
understanding of the impacts of alternative intervention strategies taking into account
multidimensional aspects of the sustainability beside conventional service performance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © IWA Publishing 2016
Subjects: Construction and engineering
Depositing User: Kourosh Behzadian Moghadam
Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 23:12
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 14:36
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2203

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