Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

As the world population continues to grow certain resources, such as fresh water, continue to diminish at an unsustainable rate. In the United States, fresh water is widely used for general public supply, rural domestic and livestock, irrigation, thermoelectric power, and a variety of other smaller uses. In 2005, 410 billion gallons of water were used per day with over 85% of the water from fresh water sources. A future problem in the US will be providing enough water to meet the demand. This project uses past water usage data to predict the future water demand. Then, it develops a comprehensive and feasible mathematical model to identify the best water strategy to meet the water demand which includes storage and movement costs along with desalinization cost. The model focuses on minimizing the cost of the strategy along with increasing the use of desalinated water in order to be sustainable. In addition to predicting costs, the study addresses the most logical locations to build desalination plants, better conservation practices and possible environmental implications. The model addresses meeting the future demand of fresh water in the US in 2025 by reducing fresh water usage in the most cost effective way.

Faculty Sponsor

Lu Lu

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Mathematics and Statistics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

624

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May 1st, 2:00 PM May 1st, 3:00 PM

Water Strategy in the United States

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

As the world population continues to grow certain resources, such as fresh water, continue to diminish at an unsustainable rate. In the United States, fresh water is widely used for general public supply, rural domestic and livestock, irrigation, thermoelectric power, and a variety of other smaller uses. In 2005, 410 billion gallons of water were used per day with over 85% of the water from fresh water sources. A future problem in the US will be providing enough water to meet the demand. This project uses past water usage data to predict the future water demand. Then, it develops a comprehensive and feasible mathematical model to identify the best water strategy to meet the water demand which includes storage and movement costs along with desalinization cost. The model focuses on minimizing the cost of the strategy along with increasing the use of desalinated water in order to be sustainable. In addition to predicting costs, the study addresses the most logical locations to build desalination plants, better conservation practices and possible environmental implications. The model addresses meeting the future demand of fresh water in the US in 2025 by reducing fresh water usage in the most cost effective way.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/346