The focus of this course is on the organic content as it applies to the water and wastewater
industries. Topics include identification, analysis and treatment techniques related to
organic compounds. The discussions include the effects of naturally occurring and human made
organics in water.
- Identify, name and draw basic aliphatic, aromatic, heterocyclic organic compounds that
are important in water treatment
- Describe common detergents and the problems they cause in the water treatment
- Identify common pesticides and outline their impact in the environment as well as their
role in the water treatment process
- Describe the differences between dissolved/non-dissolved organic compounds and outline the
analysis of compounds such as GC, HPLC and MC
- Outline the following treatment processes for organic compounds: volatilization by
aeration, adsorption/absorption, coagulation and flocculation
Organic Species in Water:
- Aliphatic, aromatic, and heterocyclic organic compounds
- Detergents and problems they cause
- Common pesticides
- Dissolved/non dissolved organic compounds
- Volatilization by aeration, adsorption/absorption, coagulation and flocculation
Required text and materials
Students registering for this course will have to source the following textbook on their
Note: The textbook below is used in WTTP 2051, WTTP 2061 and WTTP 2071.
Sawyer C., McCarty, P., & Parkin G . Chemistry for Environmental and Engineering
Science. 5th Edition. Toronto: McGraw-Hill, (2003).
Type: textbook: ISBN-13:
Computer with Internet required.
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In order to complete this course successfully, students must obtain at least 50 per cent on
the final mandatory examination and in the course overall.
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.
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.