WETT1518 Water Plant Operation I

Course Description

This course assists students to identify and gain knowledge and demonstrate the skills and tasks used in the treatment of raw water and the production of finished drinking water. The tasks and skills reflect tests and operations that are practices in water treatment plants and are based on biological and chemical concepts. The tests are in correlation with Public Health and Environmental Protection Agency Standards.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand water use, pricing, loss identification and reduction and conservation practices.
  • Explain the purpose and describe the operation of the equipment involved in the aeration process.
  • Describe the function and operation of the coagulation and flocculation process.
  • Calculate chemical feed rates required to achieve proper floc formation.
  • Calculate and explain the concepts of detention time, surface overflow rates, and weir overflow rates as they relate to sedimentation.
  • Perform laboratory analysis and apply the results to operation of a water treatment plant in a safe manner.
  • Demonstrate ability to work, problem solve, and communicate with diverse populations both verbally and in writing.


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3 credits: 2 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other