In step 4 of the planning process, the resource data collected in the previous planning step is analyzed. This step can be best accomplished by viewing an AWMS as having six functions (figs. 2-1 & 2-3): production, collection, storage, treatment, transfer, and utilization. The inventory data are cataloged into one of the six functions and then interpreted, analyzed, and evaluated in preparation for developing alternatives. This may result in data in all of the functions or in only a few. Following is a brief explanation of each function of an AWMS.
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