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Emergency Conditions and Water Supply Management

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Course Unit Code030-0068/06
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory type B
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *Second Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
KRO04doc. Ing. Šárka Kročová, Ph.D.
The operation of potable water distribution systems for urban and industrial agglomerations. It solves the problems from the point of view of maintenance of the good quality of potable water, economics of system operation, optimization of networks and crisis management in case of extraordinary event. It tackles the questions of influence of monitoring on the control of systems and the solving of crisis situations.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
After passing the given course, the student will be able to apply, on a high professional level, the latest knowledge of the area of crisis planning to the field concerned with the operation of public water supply system. He/she will be able to propose and prepare independently various types of crisis scenarios, to explain their trends, and to defend, in the framework of planning, their strategic usefulness. According to customer’s needs, he/she will also be able to compare simultaneously the developmental trends in the Czech Republic with the latest trends in the EU countries to optimize not only engineering solutions, but also investment adequacy and economic optimization of individual investments.
Course Contents
1. Water sources - safety and reliability in extreme situations. Purpose and importance of control of water supply processes in extreme situations.
2.General requirements for technical and operational parameters of water supply systems.
3. Water supply systems and their importance for fire protection of buildings. Water supply systems, local water supply systems of towns and municipalities, internal water supply systems, fire water supply systems.
4. Water supply systems - Application possibilities of fire protection of built-up areas. Buildings of civic amenities in towns and municipalities, buildings of private infrastructure of towns and municipalities, scattered and recreational buildings.
5. Legal framework and definition of its purpose for increasing the operability of water works.
6. Water losses in distribution systems. Relationships and examples of solutions for below-limit, limit and above-limit water losses in the distribution system.
7. Monitoring of drinking water distribution networks. Balance zones. Pressure zones and monitoring zones. Influence of monitoring on system management and crisis management.
8. Conception of providing the population and public infrastructure with drinking water in crisis situations.
9. Critical infrastructure. Determination of critical infrastructure elements.
10. Reliability and security of water supply in standard conditions and in crisis situations. Possibilities of infrastructure operation in case of failure of automatic control systems.
11. Threats and risks of lack of drinking water in new climatic conditions. Decommissioning threats - Blackout.
12. Elimination of risks and management of water systems in extreme situations. Methods of reducing risks of interruption of drinking and fire water supply.
13. Crisis management of water supply processes in extreme situations. Crisis plans - creation, essentials. Processing methodology, practical examples. Emergency preparedness plans. Link to crisis management authorities and rescue systems.
14. Excursion.

Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
Shammas, N. K., Wang, L. K. Water Engineering: Hydraulics, Distribution, and Treatment. Hoboken: Wiley, 2016. ISBN 978-0-470-39098-6.
Gray, N. F. Water technology: an introduction for environmental scientists and engineers. 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005. ISBN 0-7506-6633-1.
Kroger, W., Zio, E. Vulnerable Systems, Springer, 2011. ISBN 978-0-85729-655-9.
Ghebrekidan, A. Principles of Urban – Regional Planning and Development. University of Juba, 2018. ISBN: 9 789970 445851.

KROČOVÁ, Š., Miklós, D: Krizová řízení vodárenských procesů v mezních situacích, SPBI Spektrum, Ostrava 2019, ISBN: 978-80-7385-228-3.
KROČOVÁ, Š.: Bezpečnost dodávek požární vody z vodárenských systémů, SPBI Spektrum, Ostrava 2014, ISBN: 978-80-7385-153-8.
Nařízení vlády č.432/2010 Sb., o kritériích pro určení prvku kritické infrastruktury.
Davidson, A., Howard, G., Stevens, M., Allan, P., Kirby, L., Deere, D., Bartram, J.: Water Safety Plans. WHO/SDE/WSH/02.09. Revise Draft, WHO 2003.
Recommended Reading:
Bartram, J., Corrales, L., Davison, A., Deere, D., Drury, D., Gordon, B., Howard, G., Rinehold, A., Stevens, M. Water safety plan manual: spet-by-step risk management for drinking water suppliers. World Health Organisation. Geneva, 2009. ISBN: 978 92 4 156263 8.
Metodický pokyn Ministerstva zemědělství čj. 74020/2016-MZE-15000 ze dne 22. 6. 2016 k zajištění jednotného postupu orgánů krajů, hlavního města Prahy, orgánů obcí s rozšířenou působností, orgánů obcí a městských částí v hlavním městě Praze v systému nouzového zásobování obyvatelstva pitnou vodou při mimořádných událostech a za krizových stavů.
Koncepce zabezpečení obyvatelstva pitnou vodou za krizových situací.
Zákon č. 240/2000 Sb., o krizovém řízení ve znění pozdějších předpisů.
Hickey, H., E.: Water Supply Systems and Evaluaiton Methods, Volume I: Water Supply System Concepts. FEMA, 2008.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Other activities
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 34