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ENGINEERING 301: Basic Gravity Plumbing

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the physics of water moving through sloped pipes and channels, and over weirs.
  • Analyze drainage system design.
  • Explain recommended design parameters for gravity lines, weirs, and surge basins.
  • Discuss construction details for plumbing and equipment.


This module introduces basic gravity hydraulics and provides the student with a series of construction details. It is not designed to enable students to complete water-in-transit designs or other complicated systems. The primary focus is construction considerations of gravity systems. For a thorough education in hydraulics see ENGINEERING 211: Basic Fluid Engineering and ENGINEERING 311: Advanced Fluid Engineering.


  • PSP Expertise: Landscape Designers
  • PSP Focus: Architect/Designer
  • PSP Level 200
  • Prerequisite: ENGINEERING 101: Basic Pool Plumbing

Time/ Credits

1:45 hrs
0.17 IACET CEUs<

Instructor David J. Peterson, P.E., SWD Master

David J. Peterson, P.E., SWD Master


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