PWRK1050 Introduction to Municipal Utilities

This course is designed to give an individual a general overview of public utilities; its organizational structure, function, responsibilities, operation and maintenance. It will also give an overview of the systems typically managed and called upon by public works professionals to assure responsible service delivery to the public. The course will focus on the public works employee's role in providing support and service delivery to the public.




Must have Public Works as a declared Major

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Describe the different roles of local, state and federal agencies as they relate to water distribution
Identify different water storage facilities and their roles
Identify materials used in water main construction
Select appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary for excavation of water lines
Demonstrate location and identification of underground utilities
Demonstrate water sampling and contaminate evaluation
Identify treatment options for contaminated water stores
Identify the components of a city water system
Demonstrate methods used for leak detection, system flushing, locating water main breaks and disinfection
Evaluate emergency plans and inspection records

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details