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Online Postgraduate in Water Networks

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Postgraduate course for those technical profiles that wish to acquire knowledge on the energy efficiency of water installations, design a supply network or dimension a sewerage network.

The Online Postgraduate in Water Networks is part of the itinerary of the Online Master in Water Technology and Management, which allows a path of professional development: you start a postgraduate course with the possibility of extending it to a master's degree.

The postgraduate program offers you:

  • Understand the strategies for operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of distribution and drainage networks.

  • Develop an integrated vision of the vectors related to sustainable water management.

  • To know the key aspects and tools for the design and sizing of the elements of urban distribution and drainage networks.

  • To know and analyze the latest technological innovations and advanced information systems for water networks.

And at the end:

  • You will manage the distribution and drainage infrastructures in the most efficient way.

  • You will diagnose facility failures and problems, proposing solutions and converting operational weaknesses into business opportunities.

  • You will apply the most innovative technologies in the channeling of drinking water and wastewater and will provide innovation capacity.

  • You will implement improvement processes from the perspectives of safety and sustainability of water services.

The Online Postgraduate Course in Water Networks is part of the itinerary 1 of the Online Master in Water Technology and Management.

Agua y sostenibilidad.

Water and sustainability.

Distribución de agua potable.

Drinking water distribution.

Alcantarillado y aguas pluviales.

Sewage and storm water.

As it is part of the itinerary, it allows a path of professional development, since it starts a postgraduate course with the possibility of extending it to a master's degree.



The essential knowledge to understand sustainable development and detect impacts related to water resources. The technologies and solutions that ensure sustainable management of these water resources are described, focusing on water footprint calculations as indicators of the sustainability of the different professional activities, as well as the presentation of measures that will steer the different processes towards sustainability.

This credit brings together two fundamental vectors for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda: the involvement of the private sector and water as a lever for innovation. It presents both the contextual elements to understand the relevance of the 2030 Agenda for the water sector and a set of good practices in the format of case studies for the various challenges announced, in order to design a strategy to contribute to the SDGs applicable from your responsibilities within a water management company.

The necessary knowledge related to energy, its consumption and management in the facilities of the integral water cycle. The contents to carry out an energy audit will be presented, as well as the necessary tools to carry out the diagnosis of energy consumption in these facilities and to propose solutions and improvement measures, as well as the preparation of the energy audit report.

This credit develops the rules and guidelines necessary for the implementation of a safety and health culture in the professional activity to be developed. In addition, different tools are made available to the student to not only ensure good health and safety management, but also to guarantee leadership skills in this area.


Methodologies and techniques for the design of a supply network according to the conditions to which it will be exposed and according to the existing operation forecast, with an evaluation of the effects that both extensions and modifications will entail. The design and service regulations governing drinking water distribution networks will be presented. Finally, the necessary knowledge on which materials to use in these networks will be provided.

The physical parameters that describe the hydraulic behavior of supply networks are explained and the necessary knowledge to understand the operation of the main components of these networks is provided. Next, the minimum mathematical tools for network sizing are provided, and the most commonly used software for the design of new elements is also explained.

Knowledge will be acquired to achieve the best provision, operation and maintenance of the supply service and the relationship with the subscriber. The tools to identify and optimize the elements that determine the proper functioning of the network are also presented, and energy and hydraulic efficiency and energy savings in a drinking water distribution network are studied.

In this credit the knowledge related to asset management in a distribution network is presented, and the student is trained to discriminate the information involved in the decision making involved in this management. Concepts on the reliability of infrastructures, useful in the evaluation of their deterioration, are explained. Next, tools will be provided to enable students to design an optimal strategy for the maintenance, operation and renewal of assets. Finally, innovative solutions and technologies applicable to supply network asset management will be presented.

An overview of the efficiency of the supply network, followed by an in-depth study of the concepts involved, paying special attention to non-revenue water. It also describes the calculations of efficiency control ratios, which make it possible to diagnose the state of the network in terms of efficiency. The tools for designing the optimization plan for non-revenue water in the distribution system are also provided.

We address the characterization of the supply system, in order to subsequently identify the hazards identified and, from there, to be able to assess the health risk they pose. Students will be provided with the necessary knowledge to draw up a health risk prevention plan, and will also learn how to verify a prevention plan. Finally, they will also acquire the necessary skills to manage these plans using the ISO 22000 standard.

This credit aims to provide open and innovative knowledge on existing technologies and their applicability to supply networks. It analyzes the trends and knowledge of R+D+i applicable to the management of network infrastructures. In addition, it shows all those fields where improvements are possible with the increase of efficiencies and the improvement of processes through the implementation of technologies that may or may not be directly devised for drinking water distribution networks.


Methodologies and techniques for the design of a new drainage network or for the extension or modernization of an existing drainage network. Urban drainage planning will be presented, followed by an in-depth study of hydraulic and hydrological concepts, the essential elements of a drainage network and, finally, the fundamental design criteria. Modeling, sustainable urban drainage techniques (TEDUS) and the principles of advanced management will also be presented.

Presentation of the elements of the drainage network and provision of the necessary knowledge for its design. The starting data essential to define the needs of the network to be designed are analyzed and the tools that allow its hydraulic and mechanical design are provided. Then, the implementation of the network and its construction process are studied in depth, to finally present all the documents that must be included in a drainage network project.

All aspects of the network operation that generate the need for cleaning. The means, criteria, techniques and instrumentation necessary for the correct cleaning of the network are presented. Then, the evaluation of cleaning is discussed in depth, followed by the advanced cleaning of the network, its pillars and processes, up to the description of the measures that provide a sustainable cleaning.

Different topics related to the aging of the network are dealt with, in order to influence the necessary knowledge for its minimization. It begins with the presentation of the different inspections of the network, to move on to the pathologies that lead to the aging of the different elements that compose it. Subsequently, rehabilitation methods are explained, both conventional and trenchless methods. The rehabilitation of the characteristic elements is also discussed, to conclude with the decision making process, the conditioning factors and the applicable regulations.

It deals with the knowledge related to the operation and maintenance of the drainage network, both in dry and rainy weather. The organization of the network operation service is explained, the concepts of basic operation and advanced operation are developed, and the remote control systems and centralized operation systems are discussed in depth.

An overview of the control of discharges to the sewage network, followed by a description of the discharge control plan, from design to implementation. It also describes the intelligent discharge control systems and the analysis of the costs directly or indirectly related to this discharge control.


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The teaching team of the Online Master in Water Technology and Management is formed by UPC faculty and specialist professionals from Agbar and the sector.The course is designed to ensure the practicality and functional applicability of the contents covered.

To guarantee your success in the learning process from start to finish:

  • Each knowledge unit is guided by an expert who provides technical support and puts all his knowledge at your disposal.
  • You will have an academic tutor who will individually welcome you and guide you during your formative journey.
  • The teaching materials are developed and written by renowned authors who are professionals in the water and environment sector. In addition, these materials are presented in transmedia format to ensure the understanding and assimilation of the knowledge that will enable you to meet your professional challenges.

Academic Management


    Doctorate in Civil Engineering.
    Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).


    High Commissioner for Agbar's 2030 Social Agenda.
    Co-director of the Master's Degree in Water Technology and Management. Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Alicante (1982-87). She has also completed courses in Senior Business Management (CADE) at Fundesem (Alicante), Management Skills Improvement (PADI) at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, and Senior Management Program (SMP).

A unique technical and management training experience

The methodology and support resources are designed to facilitate autonomous, flexible and practice-oriented learning.

The innovative didactic treatment of the materials is based on the resolution of CHALLENGES based on the real professional challenges that you will have to face during your professional life.


First we present you with the challenge that you will have to solve and with which you can face in reality; then you can access the transmedia content to find your solution; finally, you must deliver your solution that you can contrast with the solution proposed by the expert.

You will also have the support of a dynamic community of peers, a faculty of experts, and your academic tutor who will accompany you from the beginning.

What is the virtual campus like?

Transmedia formats

Challenges and other content are presented through different transmedia formats:

  • Radio programs.

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    Minireportajes, interviews, contests, news, last minute...

  • Television programs.

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    Reports in audiovisual format and resources that complement the content in a didactic way.

  • Magazines and digital publications.

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    Knowledge in a journalistic, entertaining and dynamic language.

  • Manuals with notes written by the expert

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    Annotations, tips, reviews highlighting what really applies in the professional world.

  • Interactive Displays

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Learn more

If you are interested in the program, we invite you to enter the training environment of the Water School.

You will receive the access codes and you will be able to see first-hand what the environment is like, samples of the innovative teaching materials and contact your academic advisor who will guide you and answer any questions you may have.

There are possibilities to pay the tuition in installments, as well as agreements with financial institutions that offer special conditions to students.

If you belong to any of these groups, identify yourself when formalizing your registration so that the corresponding reduction can be applied.

EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP Master's Degree in Water Technology and Management

The Water School makes available to professionals two study grants that will cover the 50% of the registration fee for the Master in Water Technology and Management, valued at €7,200.

  • Be under 35 years old
  • Be individuals who self-finance the Master's tuition.
  • Have a university degree, higher or technical engineering, bachelor's degree or qualification that accredits the training necessary to access the program

Download the program bases here to be able to consult all the required information and present your candidacy for admisiones@laescueladelagua.com, indicating in the subject of the message "PRESENTATION OF CANDIDACY FOR EXCELLENCE PROGRAM"

The period to submit the candidacy is starts on December 28, 2023 and ends the February 21, 2024.


We promote the training levels of professionals in the water sector and therefore offer an additional bonus of 10% in the tuition fee for any of the programs in the online itinerary of the School of Water.

This discount is open to all those who can prove nationality and residence in Peru, Colombia, Chile, Mexico or Ecuador.

HOW TO PROCEED? At the time of registration, in the section "Do you have any assistance" choose the option "10% of subsidized group" and send us a digital copy of your passport and certificate of census registration or other document proving your habitual residence.


If you meet any of the following conditions, we offer you a discount on the registration fee:

Unemployment aid

If you are unemployed, you have a 20% bonus on the total amount of the program.
You must present the Status Certificate issued by the SEPE (INEM).

Are you an entrepreneur?

If you are registered as self-employed, you have a 15% bonus on the total amount of the program.
You must present the last 3 receipts of the self-employed quota.

Large family

If you are a member of a large family you have a bonus of 5% total amount of the program.

Do you belong to any professional association or college?

If you belong to any of these groups, identify yourself at the time of registration so that the 15% discount reduction can be applied to you (not cumulative).

If you are a member of the Alumni network of the Water School, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) or the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) you will receive a discount on the total cost of the program.

If you are a member of the Young Water Professional association, you receive a bonus on the total amount of the program.

If you are a member of the Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos you will receive a discount on the total cost of the program.

If you are a member of the Colegio de Ingenieros Industriales de Catalunya you will receive a discount on the total cost of the program.

If you are a member of the Col.legi Oficial d'Enginyers Agrònoms de Catalunya you have a discount on the total amount of the program.

If you are a member of the Col.legi Oficial d'Enginyers d'Enginyers d'Obres Públiques de Catalunya you have a discount on the total amount of the program.

Basic data



October 2024



6 months - 450 hours














Those who successfully complete the program and meet the necessary academic requirements will obtain the Online Postgraduate Degree in Water Networks, a degree accredited by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). To obtain the postgraduate degree, it is necessary to have an official university degree or a university degree equivalent to a degree, diploma or bachelor's degree. Otherwise, a certificate of completion issued by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) will be obtained.


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  2. 2 Complete the form with your personal, academic, professional and fiscal data.

  3. 3 Attach your updated CV.

  4. 4 Choose the desired payment method.

  5. 5 Once we receive and validate all the documentation, we will confirm your registration by e-mail.