Management and Water Quality


Allowing modern, comprehensive, and versatile training in the field of water management and quality, keeping in mind the primary objectives of preservation and protection.


1)   in the acquisition of scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and social skills for the interpretation and elaboration of water resources management, monitoring and remediation plans.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Manuela Malhado Simões Ribeiro


Weekly - 4

Total - 84

Teaching language



 Not Required.


Gestão estratégica: Conceitos, modelos e instrumentos by António J. Robalo Santos. Escolar Editora, 2008

Sustainable Water Quality Management Policy. The Role of Trading: The U.S. Experience by C. Pharino, Springer, 2007

Modern Groundwater Exploration, Discovering New Water Resources in Consolidated Rocks Using Innovative Hydrogeologic Concepts, Exploration, Drilling, Aquifer Testing, and Management Methods by R. A. Bisson & J. H. Lehr. John Wiley & Sons, 2004

Groundwater Geochemistry: A practical guide to modeling of natural and contaminated aquatic systems by Broder J. Merkel & Britta Planer-Friedrich and edited by Darrel Kirk Nosdstrom. Springer, 2005

The Management of Water Quality and Irrigation Technologies. Edited by Jose Albiac & Ariel Dinar, 2009.

Teaching method

Lectures and experimental classes. In the experimental sessions, students are invited to apply advanced theoretical and analytical skills in the analysis of water composition. Titration, selective electrode and chromatographic methods are used to analyze surface and groundwater.  Design of a project about water management and planning including scientific literature research. Field trips to a waste water treatment station and a water supply system.

Evaluation method

To be approved in this course, the students need to have a continuous assessment or a final exam (in case the continuous evaluation during the semester is not possible).

The continuous evaluation has 3 components: 1 test, 1 analytical report of the laboratorial classes and 1 bibliographical research about water scarcity or water management presented in a seminar. The ponderation for the final classification is:
Test - 30%
Analytical report - 30%
Seminar - 30%
10% are added to the element (test, report, or seminar) that obtains the highest classification. 
A total classification equal or higher than 9.5 is needed to be approved.

Subject matter

Introduction to basic management concepts.   Water management. Water uses and scarcity. Economic,   social and environmental value of surface and groundwater. Technologies and methodologies that   support a sustainable water use. Public and private policies of water use   and management. Laws and legal frame. Management units (hydrographical basin   and aquifer system). Water quality and suitability for human   activities (municipal, agricultural, industrial and mining). Physical,   chemical, radioactive and bacteriological indicators of water quality. Natural and artificial resources of   water. Recycling and reuse of water in urban, industrial and agro industrial   systems. Protecting water quality. Pollutants and   water treatment systems.