An Integrated Decision-Making Framework to Appraise Water Losses in Municipal Water Systems

Shaher H. Zyoud*, Daniela Fuchs-Hanusch

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


To mitigate the acute water shortage problems, water utilities are combating to find potential solutions. Water losses management in Water Supply Networks (WSNs) is amongst the prominent solutions. This work intends to develop a decision support framework to diagnose the criticality of WSNs according to an associated Water Loss Risk Index (WLRI) at pipe and zone levels. It utilized the Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (FAHP) to evaluate the influential factors that contribute to water losses. The Fuzzy Synthetic Evaluation Technique (FSET) has been utilized to assess WLRI at pipe level and Ordered Weighted Averaging (OWA) operator has been used to aggregate the individual WLRI values for each zone. The framework is extended by incorporating Monte Carlo simulation model to generate the final ranking of zones. The outcomes of this simulation showed fair stability in terms of ranking the scrutinized zones. The integration of this framework in water losses management practices and planning policies of water utilities has a large potential in improving water supply services and the performance of WSNs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1293-1326
Number of pages34
JournalInternational Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Decision support
  • fuzzy set
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • sensitivity analysis
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'An Integrated Decision-Making Framework to Appraise Water Losses in Municipal Water Systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this