This is a basic water treatment course which focusses on environmental applications and
emphasizes past, present and future technologies related to water treatment. Topics explored
in this course include: operator responsibilities; water sources; reservoir management;
coagulation and flocculation processes; sedimentation; filtration; disinfection; corrosion
control; and basic water treatment sampling procedures.
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.
- 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
Required text and materials
Pizzi, N., Lauer, W.C. (2013) Water Treatment Operator Training Handbook. (3rd
Edition). USA: American Water Works Association.
Computer with Internet required.
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
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
The final assessment will be determined on the following basis:
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Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.