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Resource-oriented Water and Sanitation Systems 7.5 credits

Resurseffektiva vatten- och avloppssystem
Second cycle, V7013B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Urban Water Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

V0016B Urban Water Systems or corresponding.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completing the course participants should be able to
• explain the composition of different wastewater flow-streams and their associated resources (nutrients, water, energy, organic material) and make simple mass balances for these resources,
• describe principles, technical solutions and critical factors (e.g. risks) for recovery and reuse of resources in wastewater flow-streams,
• describe pros and cons with different systems for wastewater management nationally and internationally, including today’s system,
• design and optimise system components for efficient wastewater management and treatment and for source separation for maximum resource recovery,
• design, carry out and present laboratory experiments related to wastewater treatment,
• describe and design solutions for rainwater harvesting and for reuse of stormwater and reclaimed water for decreased pressure on drinking water systems, and to
• describe existing legal framework in relation to source separating wastewater systems. 

This course will give a broad overview of resource-oriented water and sanitation systems, which are important ingredients in a future, sustainable society. The course covers important resources, such as nutrients, organic matter, heat, water and energy, all of which are contained in household wastewater and need to be recycled to a larger extent than today in a sustainable future. The course covers source-separating wastewater systems, where nutrient-rich streams such as blackwater or urine, are diverted for separate management from the greywater, which enables a more efficient resource management. In this course, the resources, including the resource water, will be in focus throughout the course. The course will include, among other things: (i) principles for collection, treatment and reuse, (ii) design and optimization of system components, (iii) pros and cons with different system solutions, including consideration of system size, (iv) existing legal framework. The relevance of source-separating wastewater systems in an international perspective will also be highlighted.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
An overview over the subject and details in relation to dimensioning of system components will be covered in lectures. A literature assignment will be handed out early on in the course, which will allow for a deepened understanding of a few treatment technologies. This assignment will result in a written report and an oral presentation. To enhance the understanding of the course content’s relevance a case study will be introduced a few weeks into the course, in which groups of students will motivate and suggest a water and sanitation system solution with resource efficient system components for the case study. The results will be presented in a report and orally. To gain practical understanding of the course content groups of students will design, build and assess a prototype for greywater treatment. The results will be presented in a written report and orally. A board game focusing on the implementation of source-separating wastewater systems will be played and followed by an individual reflection. Theoretical and design (dimensioning etc.) aspects are examined in a written exam.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is assessed through a literature assignment, a laboratory task, a case study, an individual reflection and a written exam (see table below). Active participation at presentations of the literature assignment, the case study and the laboratory task are compulsory. Failure to meet the mandatory requirements listed means the student will have to wait for the following year to fulfil the course requirements.

Annelie Hedström

Transition terms
The course V7013B is equal to V7012B

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Tove A. Larsen, Kai M. Udert and Judit Lienert (ed.): Source Separation and Decentralisation for Wastewater Management, IWA Publishing, London, 2013. (made available as pdf document on Canvas)

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Literature assignmentG U 3 4 51.00MandatoryA20
0002Laboratory taskG U 3 4 51.80MandatoryA20
0003Case studyG U 3 4 51.70MandatoryA20
0006Individual reflectionU G#0.50MandatoryA21
0007Written examG U 3 4 52.50MandatoryA21

Syllabus established
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2020

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021