Water Modeling – More Than Just Fire Flow

How evaluations can save money and extend the life of vital infrastructure

Water modeling is often used to provide fire flow data throughout a water distribution system, as well as aid in determining the necessary size for new or re-laid water main. Did you know that water modeling can also help create an effective capital improvements plan?

With municipalities facing tighter budgets, it is important to extend infrastructure life and optimize construction dollars spent.

With municipalities facing tighter budgets, it is important to extend infrastructure life and optimize construction dollars spent. Therefore, understanding which mains in the distribution system are at the highest risk of failure is imperative. An evaluation can be completed using a water model that incorporates pipe material, age, and break history. It is often found that the oldest pipes may not be the most likely to break. In addition, weight factors can be applied to specific pipes to signify their significance within the distribution system. Output from a water model can then be used to help predict pipe failures, prioritize main replacement projects, and extend the overall life of the distribution system.

By effectively evaluating their water main system, municipalities can extend the life of their infrastructure and make the most of their construction dollars. For more information or ideas to improve efficiencies with your utility, contact Sr. Director of MW Markets Scott Hornsby, PE at 317.570.6800.

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