102-0214-AAL  Introduction to Urban Water Management

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersE. Morgenroth, M. Maurer
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.


102-0214-AA RIntroduction to Urban Water Management
Self-study course. No presence required.
Details must be arranged in the beginning of the course.
180s hrsE. Morgenroth, M. Maurer

Catalogue data

AbstractIntroduction to urban water management (water supply, urban drainage, wastewater treatment, sewage sludge treatment). Introduction to Urban Water Management is a self-study course.
ObjectiveThis course provides an introduction and an overview over the topics of urban water management (water supply, urban drainage, wastewater treatment, sewage sludge treatment). It supports the understanding of the interactions of the relevant technical and natural systems. Simple design models are introduced.
ContentOverview over the field of urban water management.
Introduction into systems analysis.
Characterization of water and water quality.
Requirement of drinking water, production of wastewater and pollutants
Production and supply of drinking water.
Urban drainage, treatment of combined sewer overflow.
Wastewater treatment, nutrient elimination, sludge handling.
Planning of urban water infrastructure.
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LiteratureIn this self-study course the students must work through and understand selected sections from the following book

Viessman, W., Hammer, M.J. and Perez, E.M. (2009) Water supply and pollution control,
Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Students must understand and be able to discuss the required reading in a 30 min oral exam. The required reading includes the following:

- Read and know by heart: All chapters in Viessman et al (2009) except those listed below.
- Read and have basic overview but no detailed knowledge: Chapters 11.15 - 11.30, 14.15 - 14.24
- Not part of the required reading: Chapters 2, 3.1 - 3.9, 3.12, 3.13, 3.19, 3.20, 4.5, 4.6, 12.23 - 12.26, 12.31, 12.32, and 12.34.

This required reading and studying should correspond roughly the time invested in the course "Siedlungswasserwirtschaft GZ". Students are welcome to ask the assistants (Link) for help with questions they have regarding the reading.
Prerequisites / NoticeSome students joining the MSc program in Environmental Engineering at ETH Zürich have to take additional courses from our BSc program. The decision of what courses to take is done at the time of admission at ETH.

The course on "Introduction to Urban Water Management" is offered at ETH Zürich only in German. Students who can speak and understand German must take the course (Siedlungswasserwirtschaft GZ) and get a passing grade. For students that do not have sufficient German language skills there is a self-study course and they have to take an oral exam.

This course is required for further in depth courses in urban water management.

Prerequisite: Hydraulics I and Hydrology

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersM. Maurer, E. Morgenroth
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe oral exam is a closed book exam. 10 Minutes before the exam officially takes place, the possibility is given to read the exam questions in the assistants office (G31.2) as a preparation.

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