Distribution and Treatment of Drinking Water

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TV441

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 16 March 2010
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits of which 90 credits in Technical or Natural Sciences including Meteorology, Hydrology and Environmental Measurement Techniques 15 credits.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to

  • Identify suitable fresh water source/sources for municipal and industrial use
  • Suggest treatment methods for fresh water extracted from groundwater and surface water sources: lakes, rivers or harvested rain water
  • Design a typical municipal treatment plant for drinking water supply as a flow sheet
  • Understand the basic principles of pipe networks with at least two sources and several loads
  • Design a network for drinking water distribution system for municipalities: Suggest sustainable expansion of the existing system and increased future demands
  • Understand the rationale of the EU Drinking water Directive


Decision making: which of the surface water sources i.e., harvested rain water, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and groundwater should be exploited for fresh water intake for drinking purposes and industrial use and various methods of treatment. Emphasis on description of desalination process, membrane and ion filters. Flow-Charts for a typical municipal treatment plant. Design of pipe networks having one or more sources and several loads and estimation of pipe size (dimensionering) for a designed flow at a designed pressure for drinking water. Overview of the EU Water Frame Directive.


Lectures, lessons and computer exercises.


Written examination with problems and theory questions at the end of the course.