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.


After completing the course the student

  • Knows the water supply and wastewater infrastructure and understands their role as a part of critical infrastructure
  • Knows the elements and importance of the infrastructure’s asset management
  • Knows the organizational and financial management and legal framework of the water supply and wastewater services
  • Knows how to conduct a project and present the results

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Riina Liikanen, Riina Liikanen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Riina Liikanen, Riina Liikanen

Contact information for the course (valid 08.10.2020-21.12.2112):

Course staff can be contacted by e-mail. 

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 urban water systems and services. Physical elements, functions and information technologies of urban water infrastructure and their life-cycle management (planning, construction, operation, maintenance, asset management) are presented. Organizational and financial management as well as performance of the water services are discussed. Risk management and contingency planning of the services are also covered.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    After completing the course the student should
    • Know the water supply and
      wastewater infrastructure's functions and basic technical components and understand their role as a critical service
    • Know the elements and understand the importance of the infrastructure’s asset management
    • Know the legal framework and understand the management and performance requirements for the water supply and wastewater services
    The course also provides information of the 
    • technologies
      applied to operation, control and management of the water supply and wastewater
    • basic
      risk management and contingency planning measures of the water utility
    • planning, procuring, constructing and
      commissioning the physical structures of urban water systems
    • operation
      and maintenance of water supply and wastewater systems
    • lifecycle
      of water supply and wastewater systems
    • concept and functions of benchmarking:
      performance indicators of water supply and wastewater services
    • organisational models of water services
    • planning the finance of a water

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment of the course is based on the individual homework assignments and the project work done in groups. Relative weights of the different components are informed in the beginning of the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours

    • Lectures 25 h
    • Exercise sessions 20 h
    • Excursion 5 h

    Independent work

    • Reading materials and preparing for lectures 35 h
    • Project work 25 h
    • Homework 25 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Study material is announced in the first lecture and in the course home page in MyCourses.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Lecture notes and additional study material will be available in MyCourses

    Each student needs an access to the course book for the entire duration of the course. There will be reading assignments from the book for the most lectures. 

    Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure Management, Second Edition book cover

    Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Infrastructure Management (2nd edition)  

    Author: Neil S. Grigg

    CRC Press, co-published by IWA Publishing


    ISBN: 139781780400334

    Availability of the book:

    You may also use the 1st edition of the book, if you get an access to that.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Schedule is presented on the front course's front page in MyCourses.