Conventional Wastewater Treatment

This course seeks to address the quantity, complexity and diversity of the new developments in the wastewater treatment profession, particularly in developing countries where access is not readily available to advanced level courses in wastewater treatment.

For whom?

Wastewater professionals with background and/or proven qualifications in sanitary engineering, environmental sciences, microbiology, civil engineers, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, environmental engineering and/or environmental biotechnology.


Preceding modules of the UWS-SE program and/or, in the case of short-course participants, required background on sanitary and wastewater engineering (see target group) in full compliance with IHE Delft admission regulations.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. critically determine and analyse quality and quantity characteristics of wastewater originating from urban environments as a basis for the design, control and operation of sewage treatment facilities.
  2. discuss the physical, chemical, and biological processes applied for sewage purification and the complex interactions among them occurring in wastewater treatment systems.
  3. apply the knowledge on biological treatment processes and engineering on the process design and critical assessment of wastewater treatment systems and configurations for the removal of organic matter (as COD) and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus)
  4. discuss the principles, fundamentals and applicability of recently developed wastewater treatment processes such as innovative nitrogen removal processes and membrane bioreactors.


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