The Course - Objectives and Outcomes

This course will provide a thorough background to the external issues facing the world’s water supply, then focus on understanding current best practices in water management in the key consuming sectors, then outline a methodology for managing and reducing your water footprint. This will be accompanied by case studies and focused group discussion. 

Course Learning Outcomes

The aim of the Water Audit course is to equip students with the necessary tools to complete a water conservation audit for their organization.

This will include the following:

  • Background information on the macro issues affecting water consumption across the world
  • The economics and current best practices for water extraction, treatment, distribution, waste water treatment, cost recovery and storm water management
  • Studying the cost of not providing safe water and sanitation services focusing on urban use in the developing world
  • Specific information on current best practices in water conservation in the major categories of water consumption: agriculture, industry, commercial, buildings
  • Simple overview of water distribution systems: metering, piping, pumping, storage, maintenance
  • The basic of hot water generation and storage and best practices for reducing consumption
  • Water sourcing and management in arid climates and places without centralized distribution and waste systems
  • Economic tools to manage water consumption: metering and monitoring, leak detection, incentives
  • Public vs. private ownership, distribution, management
  • Generating a baseline of water consumption
  • Benchmarking
  • Economic assessment tools
  • Team audit work
  • Case studies



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