Essentials of Drinking Water Treatment

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Course Overview

Clean and safe drinking water is one of the most important assets in any city or community.  This course will provide you with a good working knowledge of treatment processes, technology developments, regulations, and case studies to help you improve your water treatment facilities, operations, and future projects.  Topics include:

  • Conventional and advanced water treatment
  • Coagulation, flocculation, clarification, filtration 
  • Disinfection strategies: chlorine, chloramines, ozone, UV 
  • Groundwater and surface water characteristics 
  • Membrane filtration processes and reverse osmosis 
  • Lead, iron, manganese, and H2S removal 
  • Radium, radon, and arsenic removal 
  • Current issues, pipe corrosion, emerging contaminants
  • Water quality in distribution systems and building plumbing

Who Should Attend?

  • Drinking water system engineers, managers, and operators
  • Consulting engineers
  • Water equipment manufacturers
  • Executives and directors of water-related organizations
  • Public health professionals

Course Outline

Overview of Drinking Water Treatment and Current Issues

  • Regulatory drivers
  • Emerging contaminants and technologies

Coagulation and Flocculation

  • Chemistry of coagulation
  • Mixing

Clarification and Filtration

  • Sedimentation
  • Dissolved air flotation
  • Granular media filters

Disinfection Processes and Technologies

  • Chlorine, chloramines
  • Ozone, ultraviolet, chlorine dioxide
  • Microbial growth in distribution systems

Comparing Surface Water and Groundwater Treatment Plants

  • Types of treatment plants
  • Groundwater vs. surface water raw sources
  • Major processes, typical flow rates

Groundwater Treatment Issues

  • Iron and manganese removal
  • Oxidation with chlorine, permanganate
  • Radium, arsenic, ammonia removal

Ammonia in Drinking Water Treatment

  • Occurrence, addition, and removal of ammonia
  • Control of chloramination and nitrification

Owner Insights: Design and Operation of Water Treatment Facilities

  • Designing for operations and maintenance
  • Flexibility, simplicity, costs, procurement, efficiency

Membrane Filtration Processes

  • Micro, ultra, and nano-filtration
  • Reverse osmosis, electrodialysis reversal
  • Membrane life, fouling, cleaning frequency
  • Concentrate disposal

Distribution System Water Quality

  • Pipe corrosion
  • Disinfection by-products
  • Premise plumbing issues

Case Studies in Drinking Water Treatment

  • Examples of small and large water treatment plants
  • Meeting new regulations and improving water quality

Avoiding Pitfalls in Water Projects

  • Problems that can impact cost, schedule, and operation

Problem-Solving Workshops and Exercises

  • Throughout the course, attendees will participate in short problem-solving exercises that will help them to understand the key issues, develop solutions, and discuss alternatives.

Testimonials

"Excellent knowledge, delivered in an enjoyable way."

"The best course I have had at UW-Madison."

"Top-notch interesting teachers. Thank you!"

"One of the very best I've attended in a long history of attending engineering presentations."

Instructors

Gregory Harrington

Greg Harrington, PhD, is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research interests include waterborne pathogens, natural organic matter, and physical/chemical processes such as ozonation, chloramination, coagulation, and ultraviolet irradiation.  In addition to his teaching and research, he is the Pieper Family Foundation Chair for Servant Leadership and has served as president of the Water Utility Board for the Madison Water Utility.

Chris Catlin

Chris Catlin, PE, is an operations consultant with Jacobs. He previously served as superintendent of plant operations for the Minneapolis Water Works, managing a 180-MGD lime-softening/membrane plant. His experience includes groundwater, surface water, conventional treatment, membrane treatment, radium removal, and ammonia/nitrification. He is a certified water plant operator in Iowa and Minnesota.

Michael Oneby

Michael Oneby, PE, is a Technical Leader for Olsson Associates, specializing in water treatment processes.  His work has included the analysis, design, and upgrade of municipal and industrial treatment facilities across the United States, including membranes, ozone, conventional and advanced treatment.  He is also president of the International Ozone Association.

Ned Paschke

Ned Paschke, PE, DEE, is a program director and professor of practice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in analysis and improvement of water and wastewater systems and facilities. Before joining the UW-Madison, he was director of engineering for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and a hydraulic engineering consultant for national and international engineering firms.

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