New Techniques to Analyze Energy Use and Inform Sustainable Planning, Design, and Operation of Public Water Systems

May 2018 | Robert B. Sowby

As the challenges of managing finite water and energy resources continue to grow, new data, analyses, and models are needed to help water systems manage their energy use and operate more sustainably. This work offers three original contributions: 1) the discovery of annual, utility-scale energy intensities for public water supply from a panel survey of over 100 U.S. water utilities; 2) a statistical model that accurately predicts a water system’s energy use as a function of a few accessible variables and facilitates fairer energy benchmarking; and 3) the development of a high-resolution method to model energy use within a water distribution network to inform energy management decisions.

Doctoral Dissertation, University of Utah