Water for the World

Discipline: Civil Engineering
Instructor: Johnson
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1415
End: 1530
Field Work: Day 1 | Singapore Download Syllabus

Water is the Earth’s most precious resource. This course introduces students interested in sustainable international development and global issues to one of the major challenges we face today: how to provide safe drinking water to 1 billion people and adequate sanitation to 2.6 billion people who currently lack these basic services? Students will learn the fundamentals of water quality, water borne diseases, and the basic principles of water and wastewater treatment. Our focus will be on how to select appropriate and sustainable technologies for water and sanitation in developing countries.

Field Work

Country: Singapore
Day: 1

Singapore is the first nation in the world to develop a “water ethic.” Singapore’s goal is to become totally water independent and not to have to rely on Malaysia for water. How was the decision made? What technical issues had to be overcome? How do you create a “water ethic”? What are the phases for implementation? What educational activities have to be included? On this Field Lab we will visit Singapore’s NEWater facility where we will tour the facility and it’s Visitor Center with self-guided multi-media displays that discuss the history and development of Singapore’s focus on water. After the tour we will re-board our buses and visit the Marina Barrage that has created an enormous freshwater reservoir. The objective for the student is to describe what has been learned from this Field Lab and to design a water ethic program for their home community or college campus. The proposed plan should include proposals for water re-use including capture and treatment. An educational component will also be required.
Academic Objectives:
  1. Learn about Singapore’s water development history and goals for water independence
  2. Learn the management structure of Singapore’s water independence
  3. Technical tour of the NEWater plant
  4. Visit catchment basins