Evaluating impacts of changing drinking water regulations on distribution infrastructure integrity - a conceptual framework

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ConferenceJoint International Conference on Computation in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE XI): 14 June 2006, Montreal, QC.
Pages111; # of pages: 11
Subjectdrinking water, distribution infrastructure, regulatory compliance, treatment evaluation, water quality; Water quality
AbstractThe drinking water distribution infrastructure is a network of pipes composed of different materials, of different ages and states of repair and subject to varying environments and stresses. Often newer drinking water regulations may require a change in the water-sources, treatment processes and/or practices. The distribution system is at the receiving end of these changes. It is understood from general principles, that any change in the quality of the transported water can adversely affect the distribution system components.Relating changes in treatment practices to distribution infrastructure integrity is complicated by a number of inter-related processes taking place within the distribution system. This paper elaborates a conceptual framework for evaluating the impact of changes in treatment practices on the long-term structural and functional integrity of the distribution infrastructure. The proposed conceptual framework can be used to identify potential problems in the distribution infrastructure that are associated with the changing water treatment practices.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number45423
NPARC number20377613
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