Modernisation of the supervision and management of the water resource system of Athens


Duration: March 1999–December 2003

Budget: 230 000 000 DRS (about €706 047)

Commissioned by: Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Athens

Contractor: Department of Water Resources, Hydraulic and Maritime Engineering

Project director: D. Koutsoyiannis

Principal investigator: D. Koutsoyiannis

Due to the dry climate of the surrounding region, Athens has suffered from frequent water shortages during its long history but now has acquired a reliable system for water supply. This extensive and complex water resource system extends over an area of around 4000 km2 and includes surface water and groundwater resources. It incorporates four reservoirs, 350 km of main aqueducts, 15 pumping stations and more than 100 boreholes. The water resource system also supplies secondary uses such as irrigation and water supply of nearby towns. The Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP) that runs the system commissioned this project, which comprises: (a) development of a geographical information system for the representation and supervision of the external water supply system; (b) development of a measurement system for the water resources of Athens; (c) development of a system for the estimation and prediction of the water resource system of Athens utilising stochastic models; (d) development of a decision support system for the integrated management of water resource system of Athens using simulation-optimisation methodologies; and (e) cooperation and transfer of knowledge between NTUA and EYDAP.

Products: 17 reports; 14 publications