Design of Small Water Systems

Course Outline

This online course provides guidance and criteria for the design of small water supply, treatment, and distribution systems. Water quality, water quantity, water sources, water treatment, pumping, storage and distribution are discussed. The course materials are based entirely on the Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-503 of US Army Corps of Engineers: Design of Small Water Systems. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to provide guidance and criteria for the design of small water supply, treatment, and distribution systems. You are required to study the following Engineering Manual of US Army Corps of Engineers:

EM 1110-2-503: Design of Small Water Systems
(1999 edition, 83 pages, PDF file format, 468 KB).

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, save or print the document for your study. This manual deals with water quality, water quantity, water sources, water treatment, pumping, storage and distribution. The major emphasis of this manual is on the design of systems that will be effective and reliable.

In addition, you are recommended to review the following US EPA publication:

National Drinking Water Regulations (2009 edition, 6 pages, PDF file format, 925 KB).



The following contains the outline of the Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-503:

Engineering and Design - Design of Small Water Systems

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Preliminary Planning and Design
Chapter 3 - Water Quality Requirements
Chapter 4 - Water Quantity Requirements
Chapter 5 - Water Sources
Chapter 6 - Water Treatment
Chapter 7 - Pumping, Storage, and Distribution
Appendix A - References


Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

American Water Works Association (AWWA)
EPA Website - Ground Water and Drinking Water

Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

Take a Quiz


DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDHonline.org or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.