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 legal framework and understands the management and performance requirements for the water supply and wastewater services
  • Knows how to conduct a project and present the results

Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.10.2023 - 01.12.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Riku Vahala, Anna Mikola

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course gives an introduction to the urban water systems and services. Functions and basic technical components of the urban water systems. Technologies applied to operate, control and manage water supply and wastewater systems. 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. General legal framework fro providing water services. Concept and functions of benchmarking: performance indicators of water supply and wastewater services. Organisational models of water services. Planning the finance of a water utility.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and exercises: 50 hours
    Reading materials and preparing for lectures: 35 hours
    Individual assignments: 25 hours
    Project work: 25 hours
    Total: 135 hours


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses takes place on Sisu ( A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to our own WAT Master's Programme students. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria. The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.