A Methodology for Assessing the Impact of Node Connectivity on Resilience of Looped Water Distribution Networks

Stephen Nyende-Byakika and Julius M. Ndambuki


Water Distribution, Resilience, Connectivity, Graph theory


The analysis and design of water distribution networks has increasingly become a fascinating subject of research in recent decades, with objectives shifting from merely fulfilling consumers’ demands for pressure, flow and quality to more sophisticated optimisation, resilience and reliability considerations. This paper applies concepts of graph theory and network hydraulics to assess the resilience of water distribution networks by investigating node connectivity. A key finding reveals that the higher the node connectivity, the greater the network resilience.

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