Water Network Operations

04-03-2024 - 08-03-2024 3300 $ Dubai

Course Introduction:


The course provides a comprehensive overview of public water supply networks and their operation. It covers a wide range of topics which will enable staff to understand:


  • What water supply networks comprise
  • How they operate
  • Typical water use patterns
  • Basic network design (for developments), fire flows, metering
  • An overview of watermain construction and asset management


Course Objectives:


  • Outline the various components of water supply networks and how networks operate
  • Explain hydraulic grade line (HGL), static and dynamic pressure (and how to calculate static pressure)
  • Identify what is involved with operating water networks including issues relating to water quality
  • Understand the overview of pump stations (pump curves, HGL, case study) and water meters (types, accuracy, design and installation, accuracy and testing)
  • Learn the understanding system water use (with examples) and forecasting water demand
  • Understand the overview of network modelling and demand management
  • Learn firefighting flow requirements including basic information on fire sprinkler systems and water network design for developments
  • Understand the overview of watermain construction (typical drawings, schedule, construction photos, pressure testing, chlorination, commissioning, and basic asset management considerations.


Who Should Attend?


The training is intended for engineering and technical staff involved in network operations, planning, development processing and watermain design who feel they need a better understanding of the broad range of topics relating to water supply networks. The course will also be very effective for upskilling those staff new to water networks, involved in operations, planning and design. Typically, engineering and technical staff have a limited knowledge of operational and planning aspects relating to water supply networks, and this course offers a very efficient way of upskilling staff and filling gaps in knowledge.


Course Outline:



  • Introduction to Water Supply Systems - Public Health, Centralised/Community Schemes, Levels of Service
  • Water Network Layout and Components – typical layouts, pipe materials, fittings, examples of small, medium, large networks with trunk and ring mains etc.
  • How Water Networks Operate – concept of pressure, piped networks, Hydraulic Grade Line, headloss, critical points, calculating pressure
  • Operating Water Networks – maintaining water quality, loss of supply, shutdowns, air in water networks, water use from hydrants and permits, water carriers and filling stations, monitoring water networks, SCADA/GSM, example graphs and tables
  • Managing Water Loss – Water Balance & Diagram, performance indicators, the four complementary leakage management activities, pressure/leakage relationships
  • Pressure Management - pressure management options, schematic simulations, explanations, examples
  • Pump Stations – types of pumps, pump curves, typical pump station layout, fixed and variable speed pumps, pumpsets, pump station example, functional description
  • Metering – types of water meter, meter accuracy data, meter selection & design, metering fire connections, meter installation considerations, meter chamber examples, meter accuracy and testing
  • Understanding System Water Use – water balance, SCADA graphs, daily water use, seasonal demand, peak day, average day, peak hourly demand. Probable simultaneous demand, typical household water use, main components of system use and typical water use patterns
  • Forecasting Water Demand – using main water balance components for forecasting, annual and peak day water use forecasting, forecasting residential water use, nonresidential water use and real losses. Peak Day factors.
  • Network Modelling – national modelling guidelines, static and dynamic models, main uses of models, GIS model, demand model and operational model. Typical results.
  • Demand Management – supply risks and capacity issues, climate change, reducing demand versus increasing supply, Water Demand Management Plans, Water Balance, customer metering.
  • Firefighting Water Requirements – NZ Fire Service Code of Practice, risk classification, flow requirements, hydrant flow testing, static and residual pressure, flow test results, planning a flow test, fire sprinkler systems, compliance considerations
  • Water Network Design – designing for developments, basic watermain sizing, valve & hydrant placement, connections and metering (domestic and fire),
  • Watermain Construction – drawings, existing services, construction details (rigid to flexible pipe connections), schedule, construction (photos), sterilization and pressure testing, as-builts
  • Asset Management – asset life cycle, asset renewal, preventative maintenance, watermain renewals, watermain upgrading, Growth Charges


Course Methodology:


A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques 
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work


Course Fees:


To be advice as per course location. This rate includes participant’s manual, Hands-Outs, buffet lunch, coffee/tea on arrival, morning & afternoon of each day.


Course Certificate:


International Center for Training & Development (ICTD) will award an internationally recognized certificate(s) for each delegate on completion of training.


Course Timings:


Daily Course Timings:

    08:00 - 08:20       Morning Coffee / Tea

    08:20 - 10:00       First Session

    10:00 - 10:20       Coffee / Tea / Snacks

    10:20 - 12:20       Second Session

    12:20 - 13:30       Lunch Break & Prayer Break

    13:30 - 15:00       Last Session


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