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Thompson Rivers University

WTTP 1701: Water Sources

This course provides training in the development of new and existing water sources. It focuses on ground and surface water sources as they relate to the way drinking water is treated and distributed. Areas of study include basic water supply hydrology, groundwater sources, surface water sources, emergency and alternate water sources, source water conservation, source water quality and source water protection.

Learning outcomes

  • Define and describe water supply hydrology.
  • Define groundwater sources and describe how they are accessed and maintained.
  • Describe and discuss surface water sources.
  • Describe the factors influencing source water quality.
  • Describe emergency and alternative water sources.
  • Describe the basic principles of source water protection management and planning.

Course topics

  • Module A: Water Supply Hydrology
  • Module B: Groundwater Sources
  • Module C: Surface Water Sources
  • Module D: Factors Influencing Source Water Quality
  • Module E: Emergency and Alternative Water Sources
  • Module F: Water Source Protection

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbook, free of charge, is required for this course:

Earl,S. (2015) Physical Geology. BCCampus Open Textbook Project. Available for free at


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis:

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Exam (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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