This short course is aimed at community water, sanitation and advanced irrigation professionals requiring detailed knowledge of the design, construction and management of water sources for domestic and agricultural use, as well as of the engineering of water pumping and piped distribution. Read more Read less

This short course covers the engineering of rainwater, surface water and groundwater sources, water pumping and pipe systems.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will be able to:

  • Understand and specify water quality and public health requirements for community water supplies
  • Be aware of the exploration and investigation techniques available for groundwater studies
  • Be able to outline the design features of protected springs and infiltration galleries, and carry out detailed design of wells and boreholes for domestic and agricultural water supply
  • Specify pumping systems and select pumps for water distribution
  • Describe the principles and practices of rainwater harvesting systems for domestic and agricultural use, and design simple systems
  • Select sites for on-stream and off-stream water storage structures
  • Carry out hydrological estimates (catchment yield and flood flows)
  • Produce outline designs for small earth embankment dams and describe basic construction techniques and maintenance tasks.

Core content

  • Water quality and public health, drinking water, chemicals, water treatment
  • Water sources: rainwater harvesting for agricultural and domestic purposes; surface water storage with earth dams – site selection, dam site hydrology, design, construction, protected springs – principles, practices; wells and boreholes – design, construction
  • Pumping systems: human, solar and wind powered pumps for small scale irrigation and for domestic use; centrifugal and other rotodynamic pumps
  • Pumping and pipe systems for water conveyance: hydraulic principles, design practices.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.


(20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni)

£1,340 - Professional/trade association discount

£1,280 - Multiple bookings*
* Minimum of five delegates

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

Further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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