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Note: For 6 week accelerated courses, content will be released at a pace of 2 sessions per week. For 12 week courses, the pace will be 1 session per week.

Course schedule

Session 1: Surface Water Treatment Overview

  • Surface water quality:  rivers, lakes, algae, turbidity, EDCs, distribution WQ
  • Traditional treatment technologies: in-line, direct, conventional, slow sand
  • High rate clarification: ozone and biological filtration
  • Multiple barriers

Session 2: Rapid Mixing, Coagulation and Flocculation Technologies

  • What coagulation chemicals do: charge neutralization, agglomeration, van der waals forces, alternative coagulants: aluminum salts, iron salts, polymers, pre-hydrolized aluminum salts
  • How rapid mixing occurs: static mixers, in-line power mixers, turbine basin mixers, side stream mixers, no mixing needed for Sweep Floc?
  • What role does flocculation play, settling velocities, floc shear

Session 3: Clarification 

  • Traditional clarification technology: colloids, settling velocities, and sedimentation
  • Lime softening
  • Settling plates and tubes, softening
  • Innovation in clarification: sand ballasted clarification, vacuum assisted upflow clarification, DAF & high rate DAF, recycled solids upflow clarification
  • Pre-sedimentation, riverbank filtration 

Session 4: Filtration 

  • Membranes (micro, ultra, nano and reverse osmosis)
  • Media filters (sand anthracite and GAC) Filter Underdrain Systems 
  • Biological filters
  • Slow sand filtration
  • Riverbank filtration 
  • Backwashing and air-scour
  • Mechanical filtering systems 

Session 5: Disinfection and Oxidation Strategies

  • UV
  • Ozone
  • Chlorination 
  • Chlorine dioxide 
  • Chloramination 
  • Permanganate 
  • Peroxide
  • Advanced oxidation 

Session 6: Chemical Feed Systems  

  • Understand chemical feed system design and design considerations
  • Liquid feed systems
  • Dry feed systems
  • Specialized feed system
  • Chemical safety
  • Integrated design

Session 7: Groundwater Treatment

  • Ion exchange
  • Adsorption technologies
  • Filtration technologies
  • Precipitation technologies
  • Aeration/degassing technologies
  • Membrane technologies

Session 8: Ground Water Contaminant Removal

  • Aeration/degassing 
  • Iron and manganese removal 
  • Nitrate removal 
  • Arsenic removal

Session 9: Removal of Less Common Contaminants  

  • Radionuclides removal 
  • Hexavalent chromium removal 
  • Organics removal 
  • Perchlorate removal

Session 10: Developing Marginal Water Supplies

  • Brackish water treatment and desalination
  • Water reuse treatment for potable use
  • Aquifer storage and recovery

Session 11: Residuals Handling

  • Types of residuals
  • Regulations for dewatering and disposing of water treatment plant 
  • Centrifuges
  • Filter presses
  • Belt-filters, lagoons 
  • Sludge drying beds
  • Evaporation ponds 
  • Wetland treatment 
  • Recycling stream treatment  

Session 12: Distribution Water Quality

  • Corrosion control
  • Disinfection by product reduction 
  • Prevention of nitrification 
  • Contaminant prevention
  • Monitoring technologies
  • Cleaning and flushing technologies

This course outline is subject to change.