Hydraulic calculation of the water supply network, the town of Bitburg

In the last few years, the development of the town of Bitburg was driven by the departure of the American forces and the conversion of the air base to a business park. These necessary changes have resulted in a complex supply system, with several supply zones. igr performed, for the Bitburg public utility company, a hydraulic calculation of the town’s entire water supply network, including all satellite communities, to check its efficiency.

For this purpose, the baseline figures for the amounts of water in the network were established on the basis of the water consumption figures provided. The fire-extinguishing requirements were taken into account in accordance with DVGW-Arbeitsblatt W 405, with variations within the US residential area, in the area of the school and at the shopping centre.

The system was checked for its integrity, and calibrated by means of pressure outlet measurements.

Subsequently, several supply scenarios were calculated and the results analysed and displayed graphically.

Services provided by igr

  • Establishing the calculations of amounts of water by means of the water consumption
  • Pressure outlet measurements to calibrate the calculation model
  • Hydraulic calculations
  • Analysis of the calculation results
  • Optimisation recommendation

Key figures

  • ca. 13,500 connected inhabitants
  • 7 supply zones
  • ca. 150 km water pipework
  • ca. 900,000 m³ water consumption
  • 6 water tanks with ca. 4,500 m³ storage volume
  • 4 active wells/springs
  • 6 booster pump stations
  • 2 pressure reducers
  • Boundary valves