The paper introduces a simulation/optimization procedure for the assessment and the selection of infrastructure alternatives in a complex water resources system, i.e. in a multisource (reservoirs) multipurpose bulk water supply scheme. An infrastucture alternative is here a vector X of n decision variables describing the candidate expansions/new plants/water transfers etc. Each parameter may take on a discrete number of values, with its own investment cost attached.The procedure uses genetic algorithms for the search of the optimal vector X through operators mimicking the mechanisms of natural selection. For each X, the value of the objective function (O.F.) is assessed via a simulation model. Simulation is necessary as the O.F. contains, besides investment costs, also incremental operation costs and beneﬁts that depend on the incremental water amounts which the alternative can provide. The simulation model transforms a thirty-year hydrologic input at daily/monthly scale in water allocations, accounting for the usual non-negativity constraints and using some simple, sytem-speciﬁc rules aimed at reducing spills and at sharing water deﬁcits among demand centres. Different O.Fs and constraints have been tested, such as incremental ﬁnancial cost/beneﬁt minimization under various maximum water deﬁcit constraints scenarios or cost/beneﬁt mimization including scarcity costs. This latter approach has the advantage of implicitly allowing for the magnitude of deﬁcits, but requires the assessment of deﬁcit-scarcity cost relationships. The application of the procedure to a water resources system in south-western Sicily shows that the model is able to converge to results that are consistent with the planning options expressed by the selected O.Fs.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Water Science and Technology|
|Volume||Vol 61 No 12|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Engineering
- Water Science and Technology
Mazzola, M. R., Arena, C., & Scordo, G. (2010). A simulation/optimization model for selecting infrastructure alternatives in complex water resource systems. Water Science and Technology, Vol 61 No 12, 3050-3060.