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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Water Supply Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam

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Water supply schemes are a basic necessity of every town/city. With growing concerns over managing urban water demands along with resource sustainability, concept of efficient and smart urban water supply systems is progressively getting more pertinent. Incorporating sustainable design and operation principles based on innovative water technologies such as cost-effective treatment solutions, automated supervisory controls, leakage detection and control etc. into water supply systems improves water supply from sustainable perspectives. This course aims to discuss the technical aspects of modern systems for drinking water treatment and distribution in an integrated way. The course will cover topics from traditional aspects of demand calculations and source selections to the up-to-date treatment methods, network design tools etc. The course will also provide insight to smart water supply systems including automation, leakage detection. The financial sustainability of water supply systems and sustainable water pricing models will also be covered.INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG students of Civil Engineering / Environmental Engineering PG students doing specializations in Environmental Engineering / Water Engineering / Urban Planning / Architecture / InfrastructurePREREQUISITES :NILLINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Municipal Corporations and Jal Boards of various cities Public Health Engineering Departments Companies working in water management sector, such as TCE, L&T, JUSCO, CH2MHill, Veolia Water, Phonix, WABAG,Vulture Innovations, Wipro Infra etc.


Week 1 : Introduction: General outline of water supply; Water availability and uses; Temporal and spatial distribution; Key issues and concerns; Features and elements of a water distribution systems Week 2 :Water Demand: Concept of water demand; Estimation of water demand; Factors affecting demand; Components of demand; Demand fluctuations; Demand forecasting; Population forecasting methodsWeek 3 : Water Intake: Intake of water; Types of intake; Intake Structures; Conveyance and intake conduits; Free flow and Pressure flow systems; Pumps and their capacity estimation; Economic diameter of water supply pipesWeek 4 : Treatment Philosophy: Storage structures, Reservoir designing, Storage Capacity of Distribution Reservoirs; Mass curve concepts; Design considerations for hourly, daily, weekly and seasonal regulation;Week 5 : Water Quality and Treatment:Water quality assurance; Water quality standards; Philosophy of treatment; Unit operations and unit processes; Theory and operations ofaeration, sedimentationWeek 6 : Conventional Water Treatment: Coagulation and flocculation; Clariflocculation; Filtration: Slow and rapid gravity filter, multi-media filters and pressure filtersWeek 7 : Water Treatment: Disinfection and Advanced Treatment: Disinfection through chlorination and other methods; Advanced methods of water treatment; Advanced oxidation processes; Removal of iron and manganese, hardness, fluorides, colour, taste and odour, dissolved metals and gases.Week 8 : Water Distribution Networks: Water Distribution; Hydraulics of pipe network design; Layouts of Distribution Network; Pipe network analysis; Hardy Cross methodWeek 9 : Water Losses and Control: Water-losses in water supply systems; Concepts of NRW and UFW; Apparent and real losses; water loss detection methods; water lossesreduction strategiesWeek 10 : Advanced Water Distribution Design Approaches: Sectorization of distribution networks; DMA Demarcation; Advantagesand risks; Software for network design (WaterGEMS and EPANET)Week 11 : Automation in Water Supply: Automation in water supply; Real time monitoring and control; SCADA; Case studies of WTP automation; Automation in distribution systems; Concept of Smart Water Supply System for India citiesWeek 12 : Water Economics and Pricing: Economics of water supply systems; Calculation of investments and operational costs; Cost optimization; Approaches of water metering; Water pricing for sustainability; Pricing water in context to Indian cities; Issues and approaches; Existing water pricing models; Case studies

Taught by

Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari



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  • Anonymous
    I need this course, because when I was child I have an ambition to be engineer, but when I was completed my preparatory school I did not get chance to join the course. now I am living in remote areas in which no safe water to drink, I want to know the technology of water treatment and water properties.
  • In order to upgrade my professional with help of learning water resources engineering I want study bachelor degree and I like the subjects because I have much idea on it. My background to education is as follows: I started primary level in 1984 th…
  • Abdikadir Ibrahim Mohamed
    this course it is very important for the society and foundation of life
    water is a part of the life of the people and it is necessary to take care of the water that is use by the society and this be improved by having a professional

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