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Syllabus for

Academic year
BOM075 - Drinking water engineering
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIEE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 27120
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A+

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   17 Mar 2021 am J,  09 Jun 2021 am J,  23 Aug 2021 am J
0207 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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Thomas Pettersson

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

BSc in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or equivalent. Recommended: courses in hydraulics, hydrology, hydrogeology, water chemistry.


The aim of this course is to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the whole drinking water system and skills to design and in detail analyse the raw water source, a treatment plant and a distribution network.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The overall teaching goal is that the students will become highly motivated to learn more in the drinking water engineering area and adapt a deep learning approach.

· Describe and explain the entire technical drinking water system - from source to tap
· Explain the connection of raw water quality, treatment requirements and distribution network to drinking water quality and consumer's health
· Identify and categorize risks and hazards in drinking water systems to consumer health
· Apply the gained knowledge to design new or redesign existing processes in a drinking water treatment plant
· Combine gained hydraulic knowledge when designing a new or redesigning an existing drinking water distribution network - including working pressure, reservoir volume and water demand
· Analyse and design the drinking water network layout using hydrodynamic computer models
· Combine knowledge of water processes and network hydraulics to design a sustainable drinking water network
· Criticize and modify existing water supply systems to become sustainable


The course is divided into three subject parts that reflect the drinking water sub systems: raw water source, treatment plant and distribution network. Specific subjects treated are: source water management, quantitative microbial risk assessment, design of treatment processes, distribution network design and analysis, and sustainable drinking water system management.


The teaching methods used aim at making the students gaining the required knowledge and skills as a water engineer in the society. Teaching methods include lecturers, exercises, laboratory lessons, computer modelling exercises, study visit and handing in assignments.


Course compendium (sold at Cremona, and composed by the teachers within the course)

Examination including compulsory elements

Course examination consist of two project assignments, a process laboratory exercise and a written exam. The written exam consists of two parts: one theory part and one problem part. Grades: Fail, 3, 4 and 5. Well executed and reported project assignments as well as solved weekly problem assignments (optional) during the course may yield bonus marks to improve the course grade (but not to pass the exam).

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