WTTP 1711
Water Treatment I

3.0 Credits


This course emphasizes environmental applications focusing on past, present and future technologies concerned with water treatment. The major emphasis will cover: operator responsibilities, water sources, reservoir management, coagulation and flocculation processes, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, corrosion control and basic water treatment sampling procedures.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced


Industry experience or acceptance into the Water Treatment Technology program.


After successfully completing the work in this course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the main features of modern water systems, ranging from the operator's duties to the filtration techniques available.
  • Discuss the process of sedimentation as it applies to water treatment.
  • Discuss a variety of filtration techniques.
  • Discuss a number of disinfection techniques, including chlorination, ozone disinfection and UV disinfection.
  • Discuss the basic principles of water storage and sampling.

Course Outline

  • Module A: Small Water Systems Operations
  • Module B: The Process of Sedimentation
  • Module C: The Process of Filtration
  • Module D: The Process of Disinfection
  • Module E: The Basic Principles of Water Storage and Sampling

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

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

Hammer, Mark J. and Hammer, Mark J. Jr. Water and Wastewater Technology. 7th Edition. Prentice Hall, 2012.
Type: Textbook: ISBN-13: 978-0-13-511404-9 | ISBN-10: 0-13-511404-7

Note: The textbook is also used in WTTP 1291, WTTP 1301 and WTTP 1311.

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet required.

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 when starting 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.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis:

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final Exam * 50%