An optimization approach for multi-sectoral water supply management in the Greater Beirut Area

G. Yamout, M. El-Fadel

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a model that was developed and applied to serve as a water supply multi-sectoral decision support system for water resources management taking economic and socio-environmental factors into consideration. The applicability of the model was tested in the Greater Beirut Area by examining future supply-demand management alternatives and quantifying the cost-benefit of viable policies. The effect of eliminating a particular source to account for resources depletion and public acceptability, as well as increased returns from water use were proven to affect greatly the water allocation scheme. The model can also be a useful tool to assess the effect of decreasing unit costs from water supply options (desalination) and the resulting breakeven point, and the effect of increased water demand due to unplanned growth (tourism).

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)791-812
    Number of pages22
    JournalWater Resources Management
    Volume19
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2005

    Keywords

    • Conventional and non-conventional water resources
    • Linear programming
    • Optimization
    • Water allocation

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