Urban Utilities Planning: Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage

By Prof. Debapratim Pandit   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 884
This course covers the fundamentals of urban utilities planning including water supply, sanitation and drainage infrastructure provision for urban areas. Additionally students are introduced to the different aspects of water sensitive urban planning. The course will enable students to understand the basic principles of ground water hydrology, water and sanitation infrastructure, water and waste water treatment technologies, sources of water and planning and management of these urban utilities. Students can further enhance their understanding through exploring the software for water supply and sewerage infrastructure design introduced during the course.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Bachelor in Architecture, Bachelor in Planning, Bachelor in Technology(Civil), Master in (City/Urban Planning, Urban Engineering, Physical Planning, Technology) 

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : All Architecture, Urban Planning, Infrastructure and Consultancy Services firms providing solutions for urban areas 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Urban utilities planning: Introduction
Week 2:Urban Water Supply  
Week 3:Collection of water  
Week 4:Pumping and storage  
Week 5:Water supply Distribution system and Plans 
Week 6:Water Quality, testing, treatment and cost  
Week 7:Sanitation and Drainage Fundamentals
Week 8:Water carriage system  
Week 9:Sewer design  
Week 10:Sewer appurtenances and master plans  
Week 11:Sewage treatment  
Week 12:Drainage and recharge  

Books and references

  1. Water Supply Engineering, S. K. Garg (18th ed.), Khanna Publishers. 
  2. Water Supply and Sanitary Engineering, G. S. Birdie & J. S. Birdie (8th ed.), Dhanpat Rai Publishing Company, New Delhi. 
  3. STORMWATER DRAINAGE MANUAL Planning, Design and Management, Drainage services department, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Instructor bio

Prof. Debapratim Pandit

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Debapratim Pandit is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has completed his PhD from the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo in the area of landuse transportation modeling and has more than twelve years of teaching and professional experience. He currently teaches Urban informatics, Advance Transportation Planning, Urban utilities and Services and Development Plans for Post Graduate and Research students. He has published several book chapters and papers in top international journals and has undertaken a wide array of consultancy and research projects on urban landuse planning, transport infrastructure development and urban mobility plans. He is currently in charge of the urban informatics lab and developing several key technologies including hardware, firmware and software for urban transit and sharing systems for the Government of India.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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