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Planning for System Operations… When Your System is Limping

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Municipal utilities are tasked with managing sewer collection systems safely and reliably 24 hours a day, seven days a week…even when the sewer system is limping along. This paper discusses an approach for detailed planning of system operations, when portions of the system are out-of-service. Pre-planning for these types of situations before they occur provides utilities with the tools for addressing them efficiently and cost-effectively. Key features of the approach include:

• Selection of “Worst-Case but Reasonable” Scenarios and Level of Service Goals

• Use of Sewer System Models to Assess Impacts and Management Options

• Development of SOPs.

The paper demonstrates this approach through case study focusing on Orange County Sanitation District's Newport Force Main Network. The hydraulic assessment provides a blueprint for OCSD and other utilities to meet their desired Level of Service Goals, even with portions of the system out-of- service or operating at reduced capacity.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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