WTTP 1291

Moving Water

1.0 Credit


Students examine the process and direction of water movement through the treatment facility. Topics include: hydraulic profile; overflow and spill protection; process and instrumentation drawing; and formula calculation. Pump identification, selection and maintenance are also discussed.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced


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


After successfully completing 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

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

There is no required textbook required for this course

Additional Requirements

Students require a computer and internet access.

Open Learning Faculty Member

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%