Bend, OR, to undertake water system master plan update optimization study

The City of Bend aims to optimize its existing water system operations as well as develop an optimized capital and operational improvement plan to meet future demands. The City recognizes that a formal optimization analysis of operations and infrastructure improvements is needed to identify the most efficient operating strategy and cost-effective improvement plan...

Apr 1st, 2009

• City chooses Optimatics to apply its proprietary optimization and pipe criticality technologies for this important project

BEND, OR, Mar. 31, 2009 -- Bend is located in central Oregon at the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains and has a population of just over 80,000. The City is fortunate to be located near high quality water sources which supply its existing water system comprising a surface water intake facility, 23 groundwater wells, 15 finished water storage reservoirs, 5 booster pump stations, transmission and distribution mains, and associated appurtenances. The system includes 11 primary pressure zones serving water system customers.

The City of Bend aims to optimize its existing water system operations as well as develop an optimized capital and operational improvement plan to meet future demands. The City recognizes that a formal optimization analysis of operations and infrastructure improvements is needed to identify the most efficient operating strategy and cost-effective improvement plan.

Optimatics and partner Murray, Smith and Associates will provide the City with a comprehensive update to its master plan, including model calibration, pipe criticality analysis, optimization of current operations and optimization of an ultimate build-out demand scenario. The project outcome will be more efficient system operations, improved water quality, increased levels of service and an optimized build-out master plan that minimizes capital costs of future infrastructure improvements and associated operating costs. The capital improvement projects to be implemented in the first 10 years of the plan will be prioritized in order to meet the City's needs and be compatible with available funding.

Optimatics is a global leader in optimization solutions for the water industry.

Murray, Smith & Associates Inc. (MSA) is a civil and environmental consulting engineering firm with offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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