Course code THT281

THT281 Design of Decentralized and Small Scale Water and Sanitary Systems

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Course responsible: Petter Deinboll Jenssen
Teachers: Arve Heistad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5, maximum 50
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2007H
Preferential right:
BSc-MINA, MSc-MINA, Water and Environmental Technology, Development Studies.
Course contents:
Worldwide, two of the major causes of mortality and morbidity are unsafe water supplies and improper disposal of human excreta. Water and sanitation inadequacies also hinder economic and social development, constitute a major impediment to reducing poverty, and inevitably lead to degrading the environment. Unfortunately, the people in poverty stricken areas "especially infants and young children" suffer the most. This calls for appropriate solutions that are affordable considering local constraints. This course explores the possibilities of using small-scale decentralized solutions for poor, but also for rich countries. Through lectures and field exercises the students will be trained in design and implementation of rain water harvesting systems (collection, treatment and storage) fog water harvesting, design and protection of shallow wells and boreholes, design of spring sources, sizing of reservoirs, design of simple membrane filtration units, and small gravity water supply system for rural areas. For wastewater the focus will be design of natural systems (soil infiltration, wetlands, ponds) as well as source separating solutions. Keywords: soil infiltration, constructed wetlands, ponds, greywater treatment, biogas sanitation, dry sanitation, urine diverting and blackwater systems, package treatment plants, small diameter vacuum, pressure and gravity sewers.
Learning outcome:
The students shall be able to design small water supply systems based on groundwater or rainwater harvesting and select an appropriate solution for a given situation as well as design and implement small decentralized and source separating wastewater treatment systems.
Learning activities:
The course is based on lectures, demonstrations/excursions
Depending on the selected cases. Revised annually.
Recommended prerequisites:
GEO100, GEO220, JORD101, KJM100 and THT280 or THT282.
Mandatory activity:
Lectures, fieldwork and excursions.
Written exam counts 50% and term paper counts 50%. Both parts must be passed.
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Students cannot obtain credits for both THT281 and THT283. THT283 will be reduced by 5 credits.
Type of course:
Lectures: 56 class hours. 8 days of 7 hours per day. Demonstrations/excursions minimum 4 hours.
Examiners will approve the exam questions.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått