Distribution and Treatment of Drinking Water

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TV441

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, 26 March 2021
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits of which 90 credits in science/engineering including Meteorology, Hydrology and Environmental Measurement Techniques, 15 credits, or Hydrological Processes, 10 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall 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
  • describe the basis for the selection of different treatment steps in drinking water production
  • calculate and describe the differences in chemical and microbial composition that result from different drinking water treatment processes
  • explain the basic principles of a distribution network for drinking water and wastewater
  • determine appropriate hydraulic dimensions for a drinking water and wastewater pipeline


Raw water sources, i.e., rivers, lakes, reservoirs, groundwater, that can be exploited for drinking water production. Basic drinking water chemistry. Introduction to common methods for drinking water treatment from different sources: sand and membrane filtration, coagulation/flocculation, sedimentation, water softening, softening, ion exchange, adsorption on granular activated carbon, different disinfection methods. Flow-charts for different types of municipal water treatment plants. Chemical parameters that are relevant to the National Food Agency's directives for drinking water quality. 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).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.