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 2016
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits of which 90 credits in Engineering or Natural Sciences including Meteorology, Hydrology and Environmental Measurement Techniques (15 credits) or Hydrological processes (10 credits).

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • identify suitable raw water sources for municipal use based on their composition and availability, and discuss the most important challenges for drinking water supply in Scandinavia
  • calculate the solubility of gases and dissolved compounds based on equilibrium reactions
  • describe the purpose and principles for different treatment steps in drinking water production
  • calculate and describe the differences in chemical and microbial composition that result from, for example, sand and membrane filtration, flocculation, sedimentation, ion exchange, adsorption and different disinfection methods
  • explain the basic principles of a distribution network for drinking water and wastewater
  • determine appropriate hydraulic dimensions for a drinking water and wastewater pipeline
  • evaluate and discuss the National Food Agency's directives for drinking water quality


Raw water sources, i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, groundwater, that can be exploited for drinking water production. Common methods for drinking water treatment from different sources: sand and membrane filtration, flocculation, sedimentation, ion exchange, adsorption, different disinfection methods. Flow-Charts for a typical municipal water treatment plant. Design of pipe networks. Estimation of hydraulic dimensions of water and sewage distribution systems (designed flow).


Lectures, laboratory and exercises.


Written examination (3 credits). Laboratory, written reports and exercises (2 credits).