Title: A simplified approach to control water distribution under restricted power supply

Authors: Anjali Awasthi, Satyaveer S. Chauhan, Najoua Dridi, Jean-Marie Proth

Addresses: Centre for Operations Excellence, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, 209-2053, Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z2, Canada. ' Department of Decision Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. ' Unite de Recherche OASIS, Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Tunis, B.P. 37, Le belvedere 1002, Tunisia. ' INRIA-SAGEP, Ile du Saulcy, 57045 Metz, France

Abstract: This paper presents a water supply problem arising from the regions where power supply is not regulated and the water supplier has to manage the demand with minimum possible cost. The consumption is constrained to organise rationing, and thus known day after day. Furthermore, the same consumption profile is maintained during the summer season, and this explains the importance of the reservoir content at the beginning of each day. The criterion to be minimised is the cost of energy that evolves during the day.

Keywords: water supply; optimisation; cyclic systems; reservoir capacity; water distribution; distribution control; restricted power supply; energy cost.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMS.2008.020036

International Journal of Applied Management Science, 2008 Vol.1 No.1, pp.4 - 20

Published online: 21 Aug 2008 *

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