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, 25 April 2012
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, primarily during a day and from day to day, and calculate which levelling volume is needed in a reservoir for e.g. given consumtion variations.
  • explain how a sewer system operates, including combined and duplicated sewage 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 various methods of treatment. Flow-Charts for a typical municipal water treatment plant. Design of pipe networks having one or more connected water treatment plants. Estimation of hydraulic dimensions of water and sewage distribution systems (designed flow) . Overview of industry standards, law of general water services, and the EU Water Frame Directive.


Lectures, laboratories and computer exercises.


Written examination at the end of the course (3 credits) and approved laboratory reports and exercises (2 credits).