Water Treatment Processes and Plants

This course offers participants the opportunity to creatively apply their knowledge and experience in water quality and water treatment methods. 

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2020 (Full)
Course in 2020 is full

the course in 2020 has reached the maximum number of participants

For whom?

Young professionals dealing with drinking water treatment plants, who are mainly employed in water authorities or consulting companies. Staff involved in education and training in the drinking water sector will also benefit from this course. The programme is particularly advised for specialists from developing and newly industrialised countries. 


BSc degree in Civil Engineering or similar technical background; good command of English language; Prior knowledge of water treatment methods (specifically coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, adsorption and disinfection) is essential. Some experience with planning, design and operation and maintenance of water treatment plants would be helpful.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 08 June 2020
End: 26 June 2020
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 06 May 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910
Course is full

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. apply (gained) knowledge and experience regarding water quality and treatment methods in design, operation & maintenance and rehabilitation of conventional water treatment processes and plants;
  2. analyse water quality data and to select the most attractive raw water resource;
  3. design and engineer a water treatment plant (conventional and advanced) for both groundwater and surface water treatment);
  4. execute plant performance studies and to evaluate results, as well as to propose improvements in order to rehabilitate a malfunctioning plant;
  5. show professional knowledge and know-how for operating (process & quality control, troubleshooting) and maintaining water treatment plants;
  6. acquire and improve their skills on problem solving, decision making, oral presentations, writing reports, working in small task forces.

Course content

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Water Treatment Processes and Plants: Raw water and drinking water quality aspects. Conventional treatment processes for groundwater and surface water. Introduction to process, plant and plant-site design.
  • Process modelling: Identification of model structure and parameters; integrated hydraulic, water quality models; use of the Stimela model for the design of drinking water plants.
  • Design exercise: Identification of water resources, comparison and evaluation of various treatment methods and processes for ground and surface water, calculation water demand, process design, calculation achieved drinking water quality, calculation of cost, engineering details.
  • Operation & Maintenance of Water Treatment Plants: Importance of adequate O&M, O&M of individual units, equipment and plants, trouble shooting, organising O&M, safety aspects, cost of O&M, O&M at plants in rural areas.
  • Process and Quality Control: Basics of process and quality control, water quality control during all steps of water supply system, integral quality control, organisation and cost of quality control.
  • Rehabilitation of Water Treatment Plants: Reasons for rehabilitation, execution of plant performance studies, proposals for process and plant improvement.



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