Water Transport and Distribution

This course introduces participants to the basics of planning, hydraulic- and engineering design, construction, operation and maintenance of water transport and distribution systems. 

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20202021

For whom?

Mid-career professionals dealing with technical aspects of drinking water transport & distribution, working for municipal assemblies, water supply companies or consulting bureau's. 

Prerequisites

BSc degree in Civil Engineering or similar technical background; general PC-computer knowledge; good English command.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 30 March 2020
End: 17 April 2020
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 28 February 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

Start: 29 March 2021
End: 16 April 2021
Deadline IHE application: 27 February 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. distinguish between different network configurations and supplying schemes; recognise various consumption categories and their growth patterns, including water leakage; define the relation between the main hydraulic parameters
  2. demonstrate understanding of the steady-state hydraulics by being able to select appropriate pipe diameters, indicate optimum location of reservoirs and identify pumps capable to supply the demand;
  3. apply the above theoretical knowledge by learning to perform computer-aided hydraulic calculations and predict the consequences of demand growth on the hydraulic performance of particular WTD system
  4. propose preliminary hydraulic design that will integrate economic aspects, choose adequate components, and judge technical solutions dealing with the network maintenance, rehabilitation, and expansion;
  5. distinguish between the main components of non-revenue water and methods of leakage assessment, survey, detection and control;
  6. understand the basic corrosion mechanisms and suggest the list of preventive and reactive measures.

Course content


The course covers the following subjects:

  • Introduction: Main objectives and components of water transport and distribution systems.
  • Water Demand: Categories, patterns, calculation, forecasting.
  • Hydraulics of Pressurised Flows: Basic equations, single pipe calculation, branched and looped networks, system- and pump characteristics, pressure related demand. Hydraulics of storage and pumps.
  • Main Components of Hydraulic Design: Design parameters, choice of supply scheme, network layouts.
  • Engineering design: Choice of pipe materials, valves and other equipment.
  • Pumps and Mechanical Equipment: Review of pump types and their applications, design of pumping stations, power requirements and energy consumption, auxiliary equipment.
  • Network construction: pipe laying, testing and disinfection.
  • Operation and Maintenance: Regular and irregular supply, unaccounted-for water and leakage, network cleaning and rehabilitation procedures, water demand management.

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