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How can a city be sure that is has enough clean water?
Being Solved by Mathematicians
Imagine the impact in homes and hospitals, to farmers or firefighters, if water is not available when people need it most.
A city’s public water commission is responsible for anticipating and meeting the demand for clean water. To do this they monitor water levels, and they study how water-use patterns change on afternoons and evenings, on weekdays, weekends and holidays.
Computer science offers a way to record information about water use over time. Mathematics and statistics offer tools to analyze the patterns, identify extremes and predict the need for water.
There was something strange about the way water was used in Edmonton, Alberta one cold February day. Will there be enough water when it is needed most?
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