BBLAWN: A Combined Use of Best Management Practices and an Optimization Model Based on a Pseudo-Genetic Algorithm

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Abstract

The paper presents a solution to the problem of the Battle of Background Leakage Assessment for Water Networks (BBLAWN) using a methodology that combines the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and an optimization model based on a Pseudo- Genetic Algorithm (PGA) as described in [1]. In a first stage, an analysis of marginal costs of pipes whose replacement would be potentially recommended was performed. Next, a network topological analysis to study the pipes that could potentially be closed in order to facilitate pressure control was done. Furthermore, a methodology for studying branched areas was also developed, determining possible location for pressure reducing valves (PRV). A significant reduction in the number of decision variables was obtained and a specific optimization model was developed.