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Construction Site Water Management

This course will explore principle themes of construction site water management; set at SCQF 11 (Masters Level)



Proactive management of water during operations is essential to creating sustainable practices.  This course will explore principle themes of construction site water management, providing delegates to with theoretical knowledge and linking it to practical  management techniques.  The sessions will draw from varied case studies and reference UK guidance and legislation, however the course will be useful for individuals based anywhere in the world.  The course is especially appropriate for those working in a construction environment.

Course delivery

This course lasts eight hours and is delivered through four two hour sessions on interactive video calls (typically Zoom).  These sessions are planned to take place over two weeks.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • Source-pathway-receptor model, exploring the routes to water environment in the context of construction processes
  • Typical pollutants and their impact
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Volume/flow rate methodology (e.g. CIRIA) – comparing precipitation, pumps, dewatering activities
  • Water management & treatment system design
  • UK regulatory mechanisms
  • Challenges in addressing industry standards, available monitoring and regulatory mechanisms 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify types of pollutants typically found on a construction site, their dangers and environmental risks
  • Explain the regulatory mechanisms in their country of operation and the impact of these on water management and the construction environment
  • Calculate volumes and flow rates from precipitation using CIRIA and other methods
  • Explain the considerations necessary for good water management and treatment system design 


Delegates will be asked to submit a short assessment consolidating their learning; preparation of this assessment is likely to take 8 to 10 hours.


Delegates should have prior experience of working in a construction environmental management role, have studied in this field or completed the Environmental Clerk of Works Foundation Programme.  Delegates would typically be working in a construction or environmental compliance or consultancy environment.

This course is set at SCQF 11 (Masters Level).

Proposed dates:

The course is due to run in four shorter online sessions over the course of two weeks.  The sessions are due to take place:

January/February 2022:

- Tuesday 25th/Wednesday 26th Jan (afternoons)

- Tuesday 1st/Wednesday 2nd February (afternoons)


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