Funding infrastructure renewal plan for water distribution system

E. Mohamed, Tarek Zayed

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Canadian municipalities spend $12 to $15 billion annually on infrastructure but it never seems to be enough. Moreover, some municipal water systems in Canada were installed over 100 years ago. The challenge of funding infrastructure renewal is not really a financial challenge so much as it is a planning challenge. The developed funding renewal plan considers several factors and their effect on prioritizing candidate water mains. Considered factors are: Risk of miss-allocation in case of repair is not done due to insufficient funds on property damage, public safety, road traffic, and service's disruption, Population served, Water quality, Pipe's Physical properties (Material, Age, Diameter), Pipe's Operational properties (Water pressure, Break rate (BR) since installation and BR (last 5 years). The funding plan is developed using an integrated analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and Multi attribute utility theory (MAUT) based on 33 judgments of municipal experts across Canada in order to enhance its accuracy and efficiency. A prioritization fund index is developed, which numerically ranges from "0" to "10", where the larger the number the higher the priority of the candidate is for fund allocation. Two cases have been implemented to demonstrate the capabilities of the developed renewal plan. Funding plan is relevant to researchers and practitioners (municipal engineers, consultants, and contractors) in order to support decision to prioritize a main for fund allocation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCanadian Society for Civil Engineering - Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2008 - "Partnership for Innovation"
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2008 - "Partnership for Innovation" - Quebec City, QC, Canada
Duration: 10 Jun 200813 Jun 2008


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2008 - "Partnership for Innovation"
CityQuebec City, QC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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