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Fundamentals of Water Treatment Processes: Physical, Chemical, and Biological

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    2.0 CEUs/ 20 PDHs. Member $1695.00 | Non-Member $1995.00 Instructor: Lee H. Odell, P.E. and Peter H. Kreft, P.E.

    This course provides a thorough understanding of the major unit processes used in water treatment, including chemical, physical, and biological processes. Several case studies throughout the course will illustrate how water utilities are incorporating multiple chemical, physical, and biological treatment processes into their water treatment plants. At the conclusion of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the theory of the processes, as well as the real-world application of each unit process.


    • This course provides a thorough understanding of the basic fundamentals of water treatment unit processes.
    • The learner will be able to apply the unit processes to water treatment applications and understand how effective they will be.
    • The learner will understand the limitations of treatment processes.
    • The learner will be better equipped to assess water treatment plant performance issues.
    • The learner will be able to evaluate alternative treatment processes for a wide variety of water quality issues.


    • Civil engineers engaged in water treatment design
    • Operation staff
    • Consulting engineers


    • Identify and understand the twelve[1] most important chemical, physical and biological processes used in water treatment.
    • Describe the four[2] most important chemical reaction types for water treatment.
    • Recognize the five[3] most important physical treatment processes in water treatment.
    • Evaluate the ten[4] most common contaminants removed by biological filtration.
    • Demonstrate the four[5] most important factors of the carbonate system, and the nine[6] most common chemicals used to adjust it.
    • Investigate five[7] kinds of contaminants removed by aeration.
    • Assess eleven[8] kinds of contaminants removed by anion exchange and seven[9] kinds of contaminants removed by cation exchange.
    • Compare reactions and kinetics for nine[10] different oxidants and disinfectants.
    • Research how chemical, physical and biological processes work together in nine[11] different case studies.

      [1] Mixing, coagulation, settling, filtration, adsorption, Ion exchange, gas transfer, oxidation, passivation, precipitation, Heterotrophic biological removal, autotrophic biological removal [2] Oxidation, reduction, charge neutralization, acid/base [3] Mixing, settling, flotation, separation and filtrations [4] Microbial, NOM, ECs, DBPs, Chlorate, nitrate, ammonia, selenium, bromate, iron and manganese. [5] Carbon dioxide, bicarbonate, carbonate, pH, [6] CO2, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, lime, soda ash, aeration, sodium hydroxide, potassium carbonate, sodium carbonate [7] H2S, VOCs, Radon, DBPs, Methane, [8] Arsenic, nitrate, uranium, chlorate, chromate, selenium, sulfate, bromate, NOM, Fluoride, bicarbonate alkalinity [9] Radium, barium, strontium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese [10] Chlorine, chloramine, permanganate, chlorine dioxide, ozone, UV, Ferrate. UV AOPs and Ozone AOPs [11] Conventional filtration, BAC, Slow Sand, Membrane, Lime softening, Adsorption, IX, DAF+BAC, Biological Groundwater


  • Course Details

    Course Duration: 6 or 12 weeks
    Expected sitting time per week: Up to 2.5 hours
    Total video lecture content: 16 hours
    Total interactive exercises: 3 hours
    CEUs: 1.0 or 2.0

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