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Planning for Water Treatment Plant Design

  • certificateThis course is part of the Water Treatment Certificate Program

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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

    This course will provide a thorough understanding of the planning elements needed to develop a water treatment plant, from energy consideration and permitting needs to source water development and pilot testing. The course will include discussion of the planning requirements and provide real world planning examples every week.


    Lee H. Odell, P.E.

    Course Benefits

    • Understand the steps required to plan a water treatment project which can take years to implement.
    • Apply the lessons learned in scoping, budgeting and scheduling for water treatment plant project.
    • Discuss the impacts of permitting requirements on feasibility, costs and timing of projects.
    • Coordinate a successful water treatment plant project.
    • Evaluate alternative treatment processes for a wide variety of water quality issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Identify the steps in planning a water treatment plant.
    • Discuss master planning and facilities planning needs.
    • Recognize options for source development.
    • Recognize alternative treatment processes for a given source.
    • Identify the steps in preliminary design of a treatment project.
    • Recognize the types of permits and the kinds of permits that may be required.
    • Identify the requirements for assembling a design team.
    • Recognize why planning for construction early on pays cost and operational benefits.

    Assessment of Learning Outcomes

    Learning Outcomes are achieved through multiple tests, interactive knowledge checks, interactive case studies, and weekly forum participation throughout the 12-week course.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Civil engineers who are engaged in water treatment design and planning
    • Municipal planners and engineers
    • Consulting engineers working for clients on water treatment projects

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Early Bird Rate: Member $1395 | Non-Member $1695   
    Regular Rate: Member $1695 | Non-Member $1995