Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion, the student should be able to:

  • Recognize the profound influence of water supply services and water quality on public health [identity
  • Understand and manage risks related to drinking water quality [knowledge, skill]
  • Build and calibrate hydraulic simulation models of water distribution, as well as wastewater and stormwater collection systems [skill]
  • Estimate, forecast and manage water demand [skill]
  • Design and operate water distribution, wastewater and stormwater collection systems  [skill]
  • Understand the multi-objective optimization problems related to system design and operation [knowledge, skill]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 04.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Riku Vahala

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Riku Vahala

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course gives an introduction to the design, operation and management of water distribution and wastewater collection systems. Additionally, the course incorporates multiple stormwater collection system aspects, including network design, evaluation of catchment parameters, and sensitivity analysis of the area representing changed land use and climate. The course is useful for students interested in the operation, planning and design of these networks.

    Health and aesthetic aspects of water quality, water quality control in the networks (biofilm, deposits, internal corrosion, odour control), risk management (Water Safety Plan), water demand management (leakage and pressure control, innovative pricing, water policies, customer metering, etc.), inflow and infiltration assessment, hydraulic modeling, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), system optimization, management of pressure transients, pump design, control of sewer overflows.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises and group work.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours

    • Lectures 22h
    • Exercise sessions 22h

    Independent work

    • Simulation exercises 80h
    • Reading materials 7 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Material given during the lectures and exercises.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    WAT-E2100 Urban Water Systems, or equivalent knowledge

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities