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 and wastewater collection systems [skill]
  • Estimate, forecast and manage water demand [skill]
  • Design and operate water distribution and wastewater collection systems  [skill]
  • Understand the multi-objective optimization problems related to system design and operation [knowledge, skill]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2025 - 19.02.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Markus Sunela

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 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.

    Lectures: Hydraulic modelling of water and wastewater networks, basics of hydraulics, management of pressure transients, water demand management, leakage, inflow and infiltration, sewer overflows, system optimization, pump design, Health and aesthetic aspects of water quality, water quality control in the networks.

    Assignments: sewer and water supply modeling, hydraulics and management of pressure transients, modeling leakage, RDII, reducing energy use and leakage in water supply system, water quality modeling

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises and group work.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact hours

    • Lectures 22h
    • Exercise sessions 22h

    Independent work

    • Simulation exercises 80h
    • Reading materials 7 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Material given during the lectures and exercises.

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: 2024-2025 Spring III
    2025-2026 Spring III


    Registration for courses will take 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.