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Engineering Professional Development

Wastewater Treatment Processes and Technologies

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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

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