Minimum connection of pipes for water distribution network in Agric Nsima

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It is worthy to know that water is a constrained natural resource. Shortage of water therefore is a serious problem that requires urgent solution. In recent times, research on network has been on the increase. There is the need for improved network design, as demand for water from supply industries is high. Minimum connection of pipes for a network using shortest path algorithm means saving cost, thereby helping the government and GWCL to extend their services to meet the needs of the increasing population. The research showed that shortage of water for a long time at Nsima was due to broken pipes, rust pipes, the quantity of water pumped and the nature of network that existed at the time. A software Tora for Windows 2 analysis was used to analyze the data and assess cost of laying new pipes of network for Nsima township.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Industrial Mathematics, June-2012