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Groundwater Treatment Design

  • certificateThis course is part of the Water Treatment Certificate Program

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    Course Dates: September 21 – December 11, 2020     Register Now

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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

    The main intent of this course is to familiarize practitioners with the requirements for process design of groundwater treatment technologies. The knowledge gained throughout this course will allow participants to identify and calculate the key design criteria for water treatment processes; including:

    • Iron and manganese design
    • Ion exchange design
    • Aeration design
    • Activated carbon design
    • Membrane softening and brackish water RO
    • Activated alumina design
    • Adsorptive media design
    • Precipitation and filtration design
    • Natural treatment process design
    • Residuals handling design
    • Mechanical dewatering design


    Lee H. Odell, P.E.

    Course Benefits

    • This course will allow participants to successfully identify and prepare key design criteria for groundwater treatment plant processes.
    • This course will enhance the participants' knowledge of groundwater treatment plant design, including new technologies.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Evaluate the applicability of groundwater treatment plant processes.
    • List the key requirements needed to identify unit treatment processes.
    • Identify the unit processes in a groundwater treatment plant design.
    • Calculate groundwater treatment plant design criteria for each unit process.
    • Prepare an example basis of design report for a groundwater treatment plant.

    Assessment of Learning Outcomes

    Learning outcomes are assessed through multiple tests, interactive knowledge checks, and case studies, as well as weekly forum participation throughout the course.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Engineers engaged or plan to be engaged in groundwater treatment plant design
    • Engineers and managers who are stakeholders in groundwater treatment plant designs

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Early Bird Rate (Until September 7): Member $1395 | Non-Member $1695
    Regular Rate (After September 7): Member $1695 | Non-Member $1995