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
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2 May 2011
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 sources for municipal and industrial use
  • construct of flow diagram containing the principle processes for surface water and groundwater treatment in the production of drinking water
  • suggest treatment methods for fresh water extracted from groundwater and surface water
  • explain the basic principles of a distribution network for drinking water with distribution from a water work to one or more reservoirs.
  • describe how a water distribution network and a reservoir interact over a day and over a year, and calculate which reservoir volume is needed for a given distribution network
  • explain how a sewer system operates, including combined and duplicated distribution networks.
  • summarise current branch standards and rules for the production and distribution of drinking water in Sweden and in the EU, as well as industry standards for dimensioning distribution networks.


Decision making: which of the surface water sources i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, groundwater and harvested rain water 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 industry standards and the EU Water Frame Directive.


Lectures, lessons and computer exercises.


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