WTTP 2071: Organic Species in Water

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.

Learning outcomes

  • 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 process
  • 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

Course topics

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 own:

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: 978-0-07-248066-5/ISBN-10: 0-07-248066-1.

Additional requirements

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 exams@tru.ca with any questions about this.

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 requirements.

The final assessment will be determined on the following basis.

Final Exam 100%

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.

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