Next Generation of Two-Dimensional Modeling of Water Spill from Main Breaks


InfoWater 2D is a  breakthrough geospatial water distribution network management solution for accurate two-dimensional (2D) above-ground modeling of water spill from main breaks. It greatly extends the core features of InfoWater with new power to predict the extent, duration, volume and impact of water spill from catastrophic main breaks for rapid, effective response management.

To better prepare response communities for catastrophic water main breaks, InfoWater 2D was developed for effective water spill response and planning.

Globally, water demand is rising, aging water infrastructures are rapidly deteriorating, and the impact of water main breaks and leakage is relentless. In the U.S. alone, drinking water systems maintain more than two million miles of distribution mains with about 237,600 water main breaks occurring every year. An estimated seven billion gallons of clean drinking water are wasted every day — a staggering 2.6 trillion gallons annually. Catastrophic water main breaks can result in anywhere from millions to billions of dollars in damages including disastrous litigations.

Built atop ArcGIS, InfoWater 2D solves the full range of 2D free-surface shallow water equations using a highly advanced and efficient finite volume method. It gives engineers the unprecedented power to predict and assess potential water spill extent, depth and velocity throughout the flooded area, with results viewable as graphs, tables or animated thematic flood maps.

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Users can also add parcel maps with property values (cadastral mapping) as well as curves of depth versus property damage to assess the impact of flooding resulting from catastrophic water main breaks. This information is important for insurance-related property valuation, utility liability, and other financial impacts. It is also critical in enabling water utilities and municipalities to proactively identify water mains with the potential for the worst damage and prepare effective emergency response plans.

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