The module is developed for the GeoSmartCity project (
Authors: TICASS, in collaboration with the teaching staff of Itec Engineering S.r.l. and IrenAcquaGas S.p.a,, Genova Municipality. The material is provided under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License (

A general introduction to Urban Drainage and Water supply system is provided by this module. Urban drainage systems have existed for a long time as a vital city infrastructure to collect and convey storm water and wastewater away from urban areas. Nowadays it remains a significant challenge to design an effective functioning drainage system. In particular, impacts due to climate change and urbanization have been widely acknowledged, which could entail a substantial increase in the frequency and magnitude of urban flooding in many regions of the world.

The purpose of distribution system is to deliver water to consumer with appropriate quality, quantity and pressure. Distribution system is used to describe collectively the facilities used to supply water from its source to the point of usage.

Topics covered in this section include: objectives of urban drainage, the need to drain of storm water and wastewater, hydrological process, natural versus urban water cycles, and storm water drainage approaches. Effects of climate change and urbanization are also discussed in detail.

The module consists of these parts as follows:
  • Introduction of urban drainage and sewerage and Urban water cycle
  • Effects of urbanization and climate change
  • Types of urban drainage systems
  • System components and design of urban drainage and sewerage
  • Urban hydrology and Urban hydraulics
  • Management and optimization of urban drainage and sewerage
  • Modelling urban drainage
Learning outcomes

When completing this module, the learner will be provided with an understanding of the basic principles and knowledge of urban drainage and sewerage systems. This course aims at providing an explanation of the elements and processes involved in the urban drainage systems and a recommendation of appropriate application.

Intended Audience

This seminar aims at managers, professionals as well as stakeholders interested in the Underground assets management field.


No specific prerequisites, but basic knowledge about the function of the web is recommended.

Presentations, supporting documents and a web lecture. The module is a self-learning module.
Expected workload
Expected workload is 2 hours.