Applied Drinking Water Quality





Offered by

Supply Engineering




Main purpose

Through information retrieval, discussions, presentations and laboratory exercises to provide the student with knowledge in and hands-on experience with current topics related to drinking water quality.


- Understand principles of drinking water sampling
- Understand basic laboratory analyses for drinking water (physical, chemical and microbiological)
- Have knowledge of drinking water quality criteria (Danish/European drinking water legislation, and supplemental parameters)
- Describe aspects of deterioration of drinking water quality (physical, chemical and microbiological)
- Explain causes of different contamination scenarios
- Understand the use of extended water treatment methods


- Collect samples for analysis of drinking water quality (water, backwash water and/or filter medium)
- Practice basic laboratory methods and equipment (pipettes, scales, dilution, calibration, safety)
- Perform laboratory analyses for documentation of drinking water quality (physical, chemical and microbiological parameters)
- Obtain and evaluate empirical data from laboratory experiments
- Report results from laboratory analyses in text, figures and tables
- Compare and evaluate the application of physical, chemical and microbiological drinking water analyses


- Analyze results of laboratory experiments, discuss the results and relate the results to the scientific papers and other literature
- Analyze a situation with undesirable drinking water quality including: How to collect data and select the appropriate analyses, How to cope with the consumers and the legislation, etc.


Teaching methods and study activities

Individual information retrieval, laboratory work, data analysis, report writing, discussions in groups assisted by the lecturer, presentations, self-study, homework assignments.
137.5 hours of work for the student.
Study Activity Model
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:
Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 37,5 lesson – 27%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 40 hours – 29%
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 40 hours – 29 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 20 hours – 15%


Søborg, D. and Glab. A. 2019. Laboratory practicals.
Schade, Karl-Heinz. Light Microscopy, Technology and Application. Verlag Moderne Industrie.
Bekendtgørelse om vandkvalitet og tilsyn med vandforsyningsanlæg - BEK nr. 1068 af 23/08/2018.
Drikkevand. Manual for prøvetagning. Oktober 2017. Miljøstyrelsens Referencelaboratorium for Kemiske og Mikrobiologiske Miljømålinger.





Mandatory assignments handed in before deadline and accepted.

Type of examination:
Individual oral examination with an internal examiner.
Exam is without preparation and based upon course assignment(s)

Allowed tools:

Method will be similar to the ordinary exam. 

Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7 point scale
Based on Experimental report, 1, Experimental Report 2 and on Oral examination in reports)
Course assignments account for 50% of final grade
Exam accounts for 50% of final grade

Additional information


Ditte Andreasen Søborg

Valid from

2/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

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