Course code HidZ3035

Credit points 3

Drinking Water Management

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation18.04.2018

Responsible UnitInstutute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering

Course developer

author Ainavu arhitektūras un vides inženierijas institūts

Linda Grinberga


Prior knowledge

HidZ2010, Hydraulics I

Course abstract

Study course is intended to give an insight in principles and technical engineering solutions of water management. The course includes sustainable management of water resources and providing of sanitary safe and economically reasonable centralized water supply in rural and urban areas. The most widely used methods for purifying of drinking water will be passed, paying a special attention to current topicalities of Latvia.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

As a result of this study course the students will have • knowledge of suitable water sources for obtaining requirable water amount. The knowledge of water treatment in accordance with drinking water quality requirements will include water treatment methods such as iron removal, softening and disinfection.
• The study course will provide the skills to technically solve water supply issues by providing engineering solutions for the needs of the consumer. • Students will be competent to solve problems associated with methods for improving the water quality at the desirable level.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Sources of drinking water; Groundwater and surface water (2h)
2. Options of sources for water supply; 1. practical work (2h)
3. Ouality requirements for drinking water (2h)
4. Preparation of drinking water; 2. practical work (2h)
5. Coagulation and settling of water (2h)
6. Water filtration and disinfection (2h)
7. 3rd practical work (2h)
8. Local water treatment (2h)
9. Technical water (2h)
10. Centralized water supply systems; 4. practical work (2h)
11. Water consumption and pressure; 5. practical work (2h)
12. External water supply systems; 6. practical work (2h)
13. Internal water supply systems; 7. practical work (2h)
14. Pressure equalization equipment (2h)
15. Consumer safety and risks (2h)
16. Final assessment (1h); Defense of practical work (1h)

Part time extramural studies:
All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished, but the number of contact hours is one half of the number
specified in the calendar

Requirements for awarding credit points

Independently developed practical works and successfully written final test on the topic of the lectures.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The student learns the theoretical part by participating in lectures and independently studying the recommended literature. The acquired theoretical knowledge is used for the final exam at the end of the theoretical part. In the final exam, the student successfully passes the test in writing by answering the questions discussed in the lectures.
The student learns the practical part by independently completing seven thematically related practical works. Completed practical works are submitted for correction no later than the deadlines indicated in the e-studies within the semester and after obtaining a successful evaluation, they defend it orally, answering the lecturer's questions and discussing the chosen solutions.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The test for the theoretical part is organized in writing in the e-study environment and consists of 20 questions. To pass the test, at least 50% (10 questions) have to be answered correctly.
The practical work is evaluated individually on a 10-point scale, and the evaluation includes the developed solution and its defense.
The final assessment in the study course is calculated as the average grade of the assessment of the theoretical part and the average assessment of the practical works.

Compulsory reading

1. Tilgalis E. Ūdensapgāde. Jelgava, 2008.
2. Odenkirhens H., Riters K., Šifmans L., Vilmrots G. Vides saimniecības darbinieka rokasgrāmata. 2. sēj. Ūdensapgāde. Ozolnieki: Latvijas Lauksaimniecības konsultāciju un izglītības atbalsta centrs, 2000.
3. Lediņš V. Ūdensapgāde un kanalizācija. Rīga: RTU Izdevniecība, 2007.

Further reading

1. Fraenkel P., Thake J. Water lifting devices: a handbook of users and choosers. Rugby: Practical Action Publishing, 2006.
2. Noteikumi par Latvijas būvnormatīvsu LBN 222-15 "Ūdensapgādes būves" [tiešsaiste]: MK noteikumi Nr.326. Pieņemti 30.06.2015., stājas spēkā 01.07.2015. ar grozījumiem. [Skatīts 26.04.2018.]. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1. Vides Vēstis. ISSN 1407-2939. Vides aizsardzības kluba žurnāls


Compulsory course in full-time studies of professional bachelor’s study programme “Environment and Water Management” of the Faculty of Environment and Civil Engineering