Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)

Water Distribution System Security Projects

KWRRI faculty and staff have been involved with two projects funded through the National Institute of Hometown Security.

2010-2013 Studying Distribution Systems Hydraulics and Flow Dynamics to Improve Water Utility Operational Decision Making

Project objectives include: (1) testing the efficacy and resiliency of the real-time hydraulic/water quality model using stored SCADA data in order to understand the potential accuracy of such models, and understand the relationship between observed water quality changes and network flow dynamics and (2) developing a toolkit for use by water utilities to select the appropriate level of operational tools in support of their operational needs. The toolkit is expected to have the following functionality: (a) a graphical flow dynamic model, (b) guidance with regard to hydraulic sensor placement, and (c) guidance with regard to the appropriate level of technology needed to support their operational needs. The project is being funded by the National Institute of Hometown Security through funding from the water sector of the Department of Homeland Security. The project involves a partnership with the University of Cincinnati, the University of Missouri, and Western Kentucky University.

2010-2012 Best Practice Protocols for Response and Recovery Operations in Contaminated Water Systems

This project involves the development of a decision support tool for providing post-contamination guidance for water utilities. Components of the tool include an expert system which is linked with a water distribution model for use in identifying impacted pipe segments as well as associated system parameters and statistics for use in managing a contamination event. The project is being funded by the National Institute of Hometown Security through funding from the water sector of the Department of Homeland Security. The project involves a partnership with the University of Louisville, the University of Missouri, and Western Kentucky University.

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