Reliability analysis of water distribution systems is a complex task. A review of the literature reveals that there is currently no universally acceptable definition or measure for the reliability of water distribution systems as it requires both the quantification of reliability measures and criteria that are meaningful and appropriate, while still computationally feasible. This paper focuses on a tailor-made reliability methodology for the reliability assessment of regional water distribution systems in general, and its application to the regional water supply system of Nazareth, in particular. The methodology is comprised of two interconnected stages: (1) analysis of the storage-conveyance properties of the system, and (2) implementation of stochastic simulation through use of the US Air Force Rapid Availability Prototyping for Testing Operational Readiness (RAPTOR) software. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
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