Design Principles and Practice of Drinking Water Systems

CE 59700

Credit Hours:



Zhi Zhou

Learning Objective:

At the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • understand general design principles and practice of drinking water treatment,
  • apply the knowledge to select the best unit process to treat drinking water,
  • design a drinking water treatment component or process to meet water quality treatment goals


This course is designed for graduate students and working professionals who would like to learn design principles in drinking water systems and how to apply the principles to design, operate, and optimize drinking water treatment systems and plants. The objectives of this course are to introduce the fundamental design principles and practice of water treatment and to prepare students for designing water treatment systems.

Topics Covered:

The major topics in the course include design and construction processes, general water supply design considerations, intake structures, wells, chemical handling and storage, coagulation and flocculation, softening, ion exchange, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, sedimentation, granular filtration, advanced oxidation, water plant residual management, and drinking water plant process selection and integration.


Graduate standing or permission from instructor



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Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, solutions and quizzes


Quizzes are given on a weekly basis and comprise 50% of the final grade of the course.


One final exam will be given at the end of the source and comprises 50% of the final grade of the course.


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Computer Requirements:

Access to common software (e.g., MS Office) is expected.