The objective of CARE-W was to estabilish a rational framework for water network rehabilitation decision-making. The ultimate product is a Decision Support System (DSS) that enables municipal engineers to establish and maintain effective management of their water systems. In other words: Rehabilitate the right pipelines at the right time by using the right rehabilitation technique at a minimum total cost, before failure occurs (pro-active approach).
Up to the starting point of CARE-W in 2001 some technical tools to assess the state of the pipes or the needs in rehabilitation had been developed or were under development in several European Research Centres and Universities. But they did not take into account all aspects of rehabilitation decisions, and had only been applied to a limited number of water services. They needed to be tested and validated on more water services and to be aggregated and linked with those performance indicators that are the decision criteria of rehabilitation.
Major products CARE-W are the prototype and a handbook. The deliverables are available on CD-ROM and (partially) on paper.
CARE-W contributes to objectives of the Key Action "Sustainable Management and Quality of Water" by:
CARE-W belonged to the CityNet cluster (The network of European research projects on integrated urban water management).