WTTP 1701
Water Sources

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method



Acceptance into either the Water & Wastewater Certificate or Diploma programs or the Water Treatment Technology program.


After students have successfully completed the work in this course, they should be able to:

  • 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 Outline

  • 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Student registering for this course will have to source the following textbook on their own:

American Water Works Association. Principles and Practices of Water Supply Operations Series: Water Sources. 4th Edition. (2010).
Type: Textbook: ISBN: 9781583217825

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam. Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain a minimum 60% average in the course overall to meet program requirements.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis:

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final exam * 50%
Total 100%

* Mandatory