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Drinking Water Treatment Technology

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    Why You Should Learn About Water Treatment

    • Drinking water quality is in the news every day. Today, customers are more and more engaged in the quality of water in their community, and have concerns about disinfection by products, lead, and legionella in piping systems.
    • The challenges with drinking water treatment are diverse and make it one of the most interesting fields in civil engineering: new contaminants are found like PFAS or PFOS in groundwaters, or algal toxins are detected because of a bloom of cyanobacteria in a surface water.
    • Public water systems are developing new sources that require treatment. Sometimes these new sources are difficult to treat – like highly saline groundwaters or advanced treatment for the indirect potable reuse of wastewater.
    • The instructor is currently working on a number of water treatment projects including work with a community in California that is dealing with groundwater treatment issues with naturally occurring hexavalent chromium, arsenic, and nitrate in their water supply. Mr. Odell is contributing to an international project for a client to expand their ceramic membrane treatment system to be the largest in the world. He is also working on designing a biological treatment system to remove ammonia.

    Purpose & Background

    Drinking Water Technologies are rapidly changing to meet a variety of regulatory requirements, emerging contaminants, and customer demands. This course will focus on understanding how these technologies work and when to apply them. Knowing the breadth and depth of drinking water technologies is important for anyone involved in drinking water.


    Lee H. Odell, P.E., M.ASCE

    Course Benefits

    • Understand the current technology options and trends for new surface water treatment plants.
    • Understand which treatment systems to use on which groundwater contaminants and avoid design pitfalls.
    • Understand the types of residuals produced by various water treatment technologies and options for handling, recycling and disposing of them.
    • Understand the water quality problems that can occur in the water distribution system and how to prevent or manage them.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Distinguish modern surface water treatment methods from past methods, and describe this evolution.
    • Learn why chemical mixing, charge neutralization, and floc formation are a critical components of all surface water treatment processes.
    • Describe the different types of clarification systems used in earlier plants and the advantages/disadvantages of each method.
    • Understand how filtration differs from clarification.
    • Find out what new technologies can be applied to disinfect water to the same degree as we can detect contaminants.
    • Identify various chemicals used in Groundwater treatment and how they are used.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of chemical feed system design and design considerations.
    • Understand the evolution of different Groundwater treatment systems and the drivers that led to this evolution.
    • Be able to state the approximate cost of new technologies and compare older systems with newer systems.
    • Understand the more common technologies deployed for the removal of contaminants found in groundwater.
    • Distinguish the technologies available for the removal of naturally occurring compounds from the technologies available for the removal of “man-made” contaminates such as VOCs, nitrates and arsenic, including new technologies.
    • Describe the application and uses of less commonly deployed technologies used for the removal of contaminants found in groundwater.
    • Describe the various sources of marginal water and the technologies used for treating the water.
    • Identify the challenges in the use of marginal water supplies in the general drinking water supply.
    • Describe the various residuals resulting from the treatment of surface water and groundwater. 
    • Identify appropriate residual handling requirements, disposal technologies and understand the challenges in residual disposal.
    • Describe how monitoring technologies and regulations are used to ensure water quality in the distribution system.
    • Apply all the aspects of water treatment to a design case study.

    Who Should Attend?

    • State Drinking Water Regulators
    • Civil and Environmental Engineers
    • Public Agency Engineers
    • Hydrogeologists
    • Water Resources Engineers

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Rate: Member $1545 | Non-Member $1895

  • Course Details

    Course Duration: 12 weeks
    Expected sitting time per week: Up to 3 hours
    Total video lecture content: 18 hours
    Total interactive exercises: 3 hours
    CEUs: 2.4

  • Questions?

    Contact the Continuing Education Department

  • Benefits of the Guided Online Course

    • Highly interactive
    • Instructor-led programs
    • Video lectures
    • Weekly discussion board topics
    • Interactive exercises and case studies
    • Modules to complete weekly, at the time and pace that is most convenient for you
    • Mobile-friendly