Application of the analytical hierarchy process to the design of a water distribution system in Malawi

Tiku Tanyimboh, E Jarvis, A Kanyoza

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An efficient water network design is a balance between network cost, reliability, performance and appropriateness to the community. The application of the analytic hierarchy process and an array of reliability measures to the design of a water distribution network in a peri-urban area is described. Fieldwork was carried out to ascertain the relevant topographical, demographic and socio-economic data for the study area. In addition to the capital cost and performance indicators for the water distribution system, social and health-related issues were included in the design process. The results showed that a design with a high value of statistical entropy, reliability and redundancy would also have a higher cost. When the analytical hierarchy process was used to carry out a systematic assessment of the various trade-offs, the more expensive but reliable networks were determined to be more appropriate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Distribution Systems Analysis 2008
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
EventWater Distribution Systems Analysis - Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 17 Aug 200820 Aug 2008


ConferenceWater Distribution Systems Analysis
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityKruger National Park


  • analytical hierarchy process approach
  • water distribution systems
  • Malawi
  • multicriteria analysis


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