Water Distribution Systems Engineering 101

Water Distribution Systems Engineering 101

May 16, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“The instructor was very experienced in water system distribution.” Capital Improvement Project Manager, El Paso Water

“This course is great for 1st year engineers.” Utility Engineer, El Paso Water

“This a great training course to take to understand the basic knowledge of Water Distribution Systems.” Construction Superintendent, El Paso Water

Most communities depend on water distribution systems to provide sufficient and reliable potable water coming from treatment facilities to customers for everyday usage and necessary fire protection. In this course, we will discuss the basic components and best practices for designing, maintaining, and operating these systems. Join us to gain a general understanding of water distribution systems design components, pressure zones, water quality, leak investigations and potential problems, smart water technology, and more.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the various components of water distribution systems
  • Explore basic Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL) criteria
  • Analyze the use of real geography and pressure zones in water distribution system design and maintenance
  • Review water distribution systems design elements and practices
  • Discuss desired design outcomes for water quality and fire flow
  • Troubleshoot common issues and challenges in water distribution systems
  • Uncover future of trends and innovation for water distribution systems


Thursday, May 16, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Components of Water Distribution Systems Engineering 


Hydraulic Grade Line (HGL)


Real Geography and Pressure Zones


Water Distribution Systems Design

  • Reservoirs and Pumps
  • Water Mains
  • Valves
  • Metering and District Metering Areas (DMA)

Design Outcomes – Water Quality and Fire Flow


Troubleshooting Water Distribution Systems Engineering 

  • General Maintenance
    • Pump Stations
    • Mains
    • Pressure-reducing valves (PRVs)
    • Fire Hydrant Systems (FHs)
  • Water Loss
  • Closed Valves
  • Repairs
  • Leak Investigations

        The Future of Water Distribution Systems

        • Emergency Management
        • Smart Water
        • Asset Management

        Additional Topics

        • Construction
        • Water treatment
        • Conservation
        • Maintenance of Pump Stations
        • Water Supply
        • Pump Station Design


        Marlee Franzen, PE, PMP, CMRP, Manager, Transmission, Fairfax Water

        Marlee Franzen, PE, PMP, CMRP, Manager, Transmission with Fairfax Water, has 30 years of engineering experience, almost all of it in the utility field, working on topics ranging from water conservation, water, and wastewater development, drinking water quality, emergency repairs, and operations and maintenance projects. For ten years, Ms. Franzen has been an operations manager.  She spent over eight years at DC Water managing water distribution maintenance and then water distribution operation.  She has spent the remaining time at Fairfax Water managing the transmission system for Virginia’s largest potable water supplier.   While having bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering, she is a licensed Civil Engineer and has worked for five utilities:  Goleta Water District, Colorado Springs Utilities, Arlington County, VA, DC Water, and Fairfax Water.

        Online Delivery

        We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

        • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
        • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
        • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
        • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


        Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

        If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


        Water Distribution Systems Engineering 101

        May 16, 2024 | Online
        Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

        Volume pricing also available

        Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

        Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
        Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
        Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

        Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before April 12, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




        EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

        EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

        Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

        Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course

        Instructional Methods

        Power Point presentations and open discussion

        Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

        Course CPE Credits: 7.5
        There is no prerequisite for this Course.
        Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
        Program Level: Basic
        Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
        Advanced Preparation: None

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