ENG06037 2019 Water Treatment 201

General Details

Full Title
Water Treatment 201
Transcript Title
Water Treatment 201
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Owen Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering

This module covers the the design of standard water treatment plant processes. I also covers lab testing for process design and for determining raw and treated water quality. The learner will also gain an understanding of the control standards, manuals and directives.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Operate lab equipment for evaluating and testing waters for various parameters as defined by relevant directives/regulations/legislation.


Describe and carry out basic design calculations for treatment processes as part of a water treatment works.


Compile and report on the use of various scientific instruments and monitoring equipment for monitoring of water quality


Identify and describe computer control systems as used in a water treatment works.


Identify and describe the main contaminants of water and their sources.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using a combination of live lectures and blended learning techniques. This will be augmented by independent learning and
directed learning. This approach is expected to address student-learning needs. A learning platform such as Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. tutorial recordings plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. uploading assignments and projects). This blended approach (lectures and pre-recorded tutorials) allows students work at their own pace.

Module Assessment Strategies

Practical Assessment:

Written lab reports.

Continuous Assessment:

mid term assessment.

Final Exam.

Written exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat practical assignments for Autumn exam boards and final exam in Autumn repeat exam session.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Standards and regulations required by national, EU and WHO legislation for drinking and other water supplies.
  2. A working knowledge of all laboratory equipment associated with the testing of water including the testing of water for basic parameters and comparison with guide levels and parametric values as specified in water treatment directive.
  3. Sources of drinking water contamination.
  4. The treatment processes of both ground and surface waters from basic straining to the removal of contaminating chemicals and disinfection.
  5. Pre-treatments of water including storage, aeration, pre-chlorination, use of PACs and pH adjustment.
  6. Basic treatment plant process design including aeration coagulation, flocculation, clarification, filtration and sludge treatment processes, disinfection and fluoridation.
  7. The basic understanding of corrosion control, chemical and sludge recovery.
  8. Water chemistry - hardness calculation and removal.
  9. Membrane filtration, Reverse osmosis, Adsorption.

Indicative Practical work:

  1. Site visit to waterworks 
  2. Testing of water turbidity and colour.
  3. Testing of conductivity.
  4. Coagulation using primary coagulant.
  5. Coagulation using primary and secondary coagulants.
  6. Measurement of iron and manganese.
  7. Testing of water hardness.
  8. Testing of chlorine residuals.
  9. Testing fluorine in water.
  10. Testing of nitrates.
  11. Testing of aluminium residuals.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 2,4,5
2 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Practicals 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2010-07-26 Water Technology, Third Edition Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN 9781856177054 ISBN-13 185617705X

Previous ed.: Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005.

Required Reading
1997 Theory and Practice of Water and Wastewater Treatment John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
ISBN UOM:39015048286408

Droste provides up-to-date coverage of the technologies used in water and wastewater management, including standard practice as well as state of the art. Both theory and design concepts are developed systematically, supported by comprehensive examples.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

See book list

Journal Resources


URL Resources


Irish Water Documents -
Sampling at WWTPs











Other Resources

Environmental Protection Agency (1997) Drinking Water Treatment Manuals
Water Quality Management Planning in Ireland
Environmental Protection Agency
Parameters of Water Quality‑Interpretation and Standards
Environmental Protection Agency

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