WTTP 1291
Moving Water

1.0 Credit


A water treatment process operator must be fully familiar with process water flows from their origin to their destination. Process waters include the main process water flow, chemical solutions, wastewaters and other fluids, including gases. This course looks at the movement of the main process water flow through a treatment facility and the equipment used to control the flow.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced


Industry experience or acceptance into the Water Treatment Technology Program; WTTP 1731 is recommended.


By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the sequence of process stages and the movement of process water flow through a treatment facility.
  • Explain the function of weirs, gates and splitter boxes in directing process water through a treatment plant.
  • Read simple process and instrumentation drawings (P).
  • Explain the uses of a Hydraulic Profile.
  • Calculate process elements from reading a Hydraulic Profile.
  • Recognize and use formulae for calculating flow, velocity, and friction losses in open channels and pipes.
  • Identify the types of pumps commonly used in treatment facilities.
  • Given a pump data sheet and/or pump curves, provide information about the pump.
  • Describe the importance of proper pump suction arrangement.
  • Describe the relationship between pump speed and flow, and the relationship between head and power.
  • Describe how the sealing of pump shafts is accomplished.
  • Be familiar with some common pump operation problems and maintenance procedures.

Course Outline

This course is divided into three sections as follows:

  • The Process Water Pathway
  • Hydraulics
  • Pump Selection

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Students registering for this course will have to source the following textbook on their own:

Hammer, Sr. & Hammer, Jr. Water and Wastewater Technology. 7th ed. Pearson - Hall, 2012.
Type: Textbook ISBN-13: 978-013-511404-9 | ISBN-10: 0-13-511404-7

Note: The textbook is also used in WTTP 1301, WTTP 1311 and WTTP 1711.

Additional Requirements

Students require a computer and internet access.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Students taking this course and applying it towards a Certificate I, II, or III or Water Treatment Diploma must obtain a minimum 60% average in the course overall to meet program requirements.

Your final assessment will be determined on the following basis.

Final Exam* 100%