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WATR 1030 - Water Distribution and Mechanical Systems

Water Operations Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​The course provides a general overview of the water distribution system with discussion on how to operate, maintain, repair, and install water system components. Although the focus is on receiving treated water from the water treatment plant and then distributing it through the network, the course includes source intake from surface and well water. Each component in the distribution network is described and operational procedures provided. We also discuss maintenance and repair procedures to ensure the distribution system continues to function at full capacity. Finally, water sampling and testing are explored to ensure safety and the quality of the delivered water to customers.


WATR 1010



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Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Operate and follow maintenance procedures for equipment used in water distribution systems.
  • Describe the basic components of a water distribution system.
  • Identify safety requirements for completing repairs and replacement of assets.
  • Explain how to maintain the water intake for both surface waters and wells.
  • Perform laboratory testing, including recording and presenting data, sampling and testing water.
  • Perform measurements and calculations related to the construction and maintenance of the water distribution system.
  • Explain the steps of a BC1 call and identifying underground utilities.
  • Explain the importance of data accuracy, proper representation, and storage as it relates to operating and maintaining a water distribution system.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2021

Related Programs

WATR 1030 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Fundamentals of Water and Wastewater Operations
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Associate Certificate


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