Wastewater Treatment Processes and Technologies

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Nov. 7-9, 2023

Madison, WI or Live Online

Course Overview

Well-designed and operated wastewater treatment facilities are essential for the protection of public health and the environment. Learn the key processes, technologies, and current regulations to help you design, manage and improve your wastewater facilities and projects. Course topics and features will include: 

  • Wastewater characteristics, terms, regulations 
  • Headworks, grit removal, flow measurement, screening, primary treatment 
  • Activated sludge, biological processes, nutrient removal 
  • Membrane bioreactors (MBRs) 
  • Effluent disinfection, chlorine, UV, ozone 
  • Bio-solids treatment, aerobic and anaerobic digestion 
  • Treatment costs: capital, operating, and maintenance 
  • Comparison of industrial and municipal treatment 
  • Treatment plant operations and management

Who Should Attend?

  • Wastewater engineers, operators and managers 
  • Consulting engineers 
  • Federal agencies and military bases 
  • Wastewater equipment manufacturers 
  • Others interested in wastewater treatment

Course Outline

Overview of Wastewater Treatment 

  • Wastewater characteristics
  • Discharge permits, regulations
  • Treatment processes and definitions

Headworks and Preliminary/Primary Treatment

  • Wastewater flow rates and metering
  • Screening, compaction, grit removal
  • Primary clarification

Activated Sludge Systems

  • Biological treatment principles
  • BOD and nutrient removal
  • Process configurations
  • Final clarification
  • Design and operation
  • Wet weather management

Other Biological Treatment Processes

  • Membrane bioreactors (MBRs)
  • Fixed film & hybrid processes
  • Recycle treatment
  • Wastewater treatment plants of the future

Effluent Disinfection

  • Chlorine
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Ozone
  • Typical permit requirements

Solids Treatment, Aerobic Digestion, Anaerobic Digestion

  • Typical process trains
  • Thickening and dewatering
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Digestion – principles and technologies
  • Single-stage mesophilic, TPAD, and other approaches
  • Pros and cons of different processes

Industrial Treatment Considerations

  • Industrial wastewater characteristics
  • Treatment options

Wastewater Treatment Costs

  • Estimating project capital costs, O&M costs
  • Customer charges and rates
  • Benchmarks, examples, factors that affect cost

Smaller-scale Plants: Processes and Considerations

  • Technology options for smaller plants
  • Operating and maintenance considerations
  • Economic challenges for local governments

Plant Operations

  • Meeting discharge permits
  • Standard operating procedures 
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Operations management and troubleshooting

Design Workshop and Exercises

  • Participants will examine treatment plant scenarios, perform calculations, identify alternatives, and discuss solutions


Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher, P.E., is a senior technologist with 30 years’ experience at Jacobs (formerly CH2M Hill), specializing in treatment processes for municipal wastewater and combined sewer overflow (CSO). He has led numerous phosphorus compliance projects, including those at Madison, Appleton, Waukesha, and others. He has significant experience with process selection; capacity evaluation and design using steady state and dynamic modeling, stress testing, and bench scale testing; detail process and mechanical design; construction inspection; and facility startup and operation.

Alan Grooms

Alan Grooms, PE, is Operations Manager at the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, where he oversees treatment and process control strategies for the 42-MGD Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant. He has more than 20 years of experience in wastewater treatment operations, design, and equipment, and his technical papers have been recognized with the CSWEA Radebaugh Award.

John Siczka

John Siczka, PE, is a global principal and wet weather treatment leader with Jacobs. He has more than 20 years’ experience in project design, planning, treatment technology evaluation, pilot testing, odor control, regulatory review, permit negotiations, and managing environmental operations.

Matt Castillo

Matt Castillo is a wastewater process engineer and project manager at MSA Professional Services. He has 18 years of experience planning and designing municipal wastewater facilities, managing small community projects, troubleshooting process and operational issues, and conducting phosphorus and water reuse filter studies. In 2017, he received the Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal from WEF.

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Adib Amini

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