Managing Water Resources for Human Health
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Equivalent to FETAC: Level 5 | Equivalent to QCF (UK): Level 3
Learn about the importance of water, the distribution network, and the control of water resources
Planet Earth is known as the blue planet due to the large amount of water present on its surface. However, less than one percent of total water is available to humans as usable freshwater. With increasing population growth and the effects of climate change hundreds of millions of people around the world, in both developed and developing nations, are facing an uncertain future in terms of the water resources that will be available to them for use. This free online course looks at aspects of water resources and their management, and how this can affect human health. The course begins with a review of water and its various uses, and it then looks in detail at the water cycle that supplies vital freshwater for use by humans, how water is treated for human consumption and how clean freshwater is vital for human health. The course then looks at water resource and water supply management, and how pollution can cause water stress. This course will be of great interest to professionals working in health, international development or environmental organisations who want to learn more about water resources and their management or to students who would like to learn more about how managing water resources may affect their lives.
Upon completion of this course you be aware of the importance and characteristics of water. You will gain a knowledge of the uses of water in agriculture and its use in domestic and industrial situations. You will understand the measures taken to control water resources. You will understand the different factors involved in the hydrological cycle. You will have a better knowledge of aquifers and the storage of water. You will know the difference between groundwater and surface water. You will have an understanding of water treatment and the treatments that are available. You will be more aware of the dangers of nitrous oxide, nitrogen fertilisers, the increase of CO2 levels and other toxic substances in water.You will understand the main components of a water distribution network. You will know how water resources are managed and have a knowledge of the water supply in Britain.