Water Supply Engineering

By Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 536
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 / Infrastructure
INDUSTRY 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.

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

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 methods
Week 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 pipes
Week 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, sedimentation
Week 6   : Conventional Water Treatment: Coagulation and flocculation; Clariflocculation; Filtration: Slow and rapid gravity filter, multi-media filters and pressure filters
Week 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 method
Week 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 strategies
Week 10 : Advanced Water Distribution Design Approaches: Sectorization of distribution networks; DMA Demarcation; Advantages
and 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 cities
Week 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

Books and references

1. Environmental Engineering (2015) by Peavy, Rowe and
Tchobanoglous; Publisher - McGraw-Hill
2. Water Quality Engineering: Physical / Chemical Treatment Processes
(2013), by Lawler and Benjamin; Publisher - John Wiley & Sons
3. Water Supply and Pollution Control (2008) by Warren Viessman Jr. and
Mark J. Hammer; Publisher: Pearson Education.
4. Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering (1996)
by Reynolds and Richards Publisher - CL Engineering
5. Manual on Water Supply and Treatment (1999);
Publisher - CPHEEO (MoUD)

Instructor bio

Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Manaj Kumar Tiwari [Ph.D. (IIT Kanpur)] is a civil engg. graduate with specialization in environmental engg. and holds expertise in water and wastewater treatment, water distribution systems, water pricing, and contaminant fate and transport. He is a recipient of prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Tiwari has co- authored several papers in apex international journals, and has presented his research in various top ranked conferences across the globe. Dr. Tiwari has over 8 years of teaching experience with both UG as well as PG level course. He has designed several new courses at IIT Kharagpur for Masters programme in Water Engineering and Management. He has delivered several invited lectures at various organizations, and has also conducted short-term course under Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) with participants ranging from Faculties and Ph.D. students from NITs to field professionals working in government organizations as well as private companies.

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: 24 April 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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