ENVR06086 2020 Water Quality- Source to Tap

General Details

Full Title
Water Quality- Source to Tap
Transcript Title
Water Quality- Source to Tap
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ann-Marie Duddy, Anne O'Donohue, Lil Rudden, Ossian Geraghty, Aideen Considine
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Science in Environmental Science with Ecology

 This EBL Module introduces the student to potable water treatment from water source to tap.  It includes associated water quality monitoring within the regulatory framework.

Learning Outcomes

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


Distinguish between various types of water pollutants and demonstrate a knowledge of various water quality management tools used to protect water resources including the regulatory framework.


Conduct in-situ monitoring of raw water; collect surface water samples for laboratory analysis and operate a drinking water treatment plant.


Distinguish between the various unit operations within a water treatment plant. 


Conduct various analytical methods (chemical, physical and biological) for the monitoring of a drinking water treatment process, and generate and record scientific data and maintain appropriate records


Incorporate quality control checks in sampling and laboratory practice. 


Conduct work independently and in groups to operate and monitor a pilot-scale water treatment plant. 


Maintain a database of results generated. 


Interpret and statistically analyse scientific data using knowledge of water quality parametric values from relevant legislation. Present findings to a scientific audience.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities within an EBL framework e.g. lectures, site visits, laboratory practicals,  facilitated team meetings, independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material e.g. powerpoint presentations and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. uploading assignments and journals) snf google docs will be used to upload weekly monitoring results.

Module Assessment Strategies

During the delivery of this module, self-learning is encouraged among students within an EBL environment. Regular formative tasks and summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. This approach enables the student to take timely corrective action, in the event of failure to achieve the required standard, before the results significantly impact on the final grade.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment and/or short tests that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

Indicative Syllabus

  • The nature of water pollutants: physical, chemical and biological.
  • Environmental quality objectives and environmental quality standards.
  • The water catchment and potential sources of pollution
  • Water source protection 
  • Potable water production and configurations of water treatment plants.
  • Operational and compliance monitoring of water treatment plants
  • Quality control systems and data management in the field and laboratory. 


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Site Visit Report Practical Assessment 10 % Week 3 3
2 Record, collate, interpret and present acquired laboratory data Continuous Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 12 2,4,6,8
3 Written Laboratory Exam Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 30 % Week 13 1,3,5,8
4 Maintenance of log book and electronic data base Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 35 % OnGoing 4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Water Quality (Phys-Chem and Biological) 3 Weekly 3.00
Problem Based Learning Science Laboratory Surface and Treated Water Analysis 2 Weekly 2.00
Problem Based Learning Offsite Field Work 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Science Laboratory Pilot Plant Operation 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Team Meetings 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2011-08-01 The Water Cycle Capstone
ISBN 9781429671422 ISBN-13 1429671424

"Simple text and full-color photos explain the science behind the water cycle"--

Required Reading
2001 Design of Early Warning and Predictive Source-water Monitoring Systems American Water Works Association
ISBN 1583211721 ISBN-13 9781583211724
Required Reading
2008-11-18 Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, Second Edition CRC Press
ISBN 9781420075304 ISBN-13 1420075306

Hailed on its initial publication as a real-world, practical handbook, the second edition of Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations continues to make the same basic point: water and wastewater operators must have a basic skill set that is both wide and deep. They must be generalists, well-rounded in the sciences, cyber operations, math operations, mechanics, technical concepts, and common sense. With coverage that spans the breadth and depth of the field, the handbook explores the latest principles and technologies and provides information necessary to prepare for licensure exams. Expanded from beginning to end, this second edition provides a no-holds-barred look at current management issues and includes the latest security information for protecting public assets. It presents in-depth coverage of management aspects and security needs and a new chapter covering the basics of blueprint reading. The chapter on water and wastewater mathematics has tripled in size and now contains an additional 200 problems and 350 math system operational problems with solutions. The manual examines numerous real-world operating scenarios, such as the intake of raw sewage and the treatment of water via residual management, and each scenario includes a comprehensive problem-solving practice set. The text follows a non-traditional paradigm based on real-world experience and proven parameters. Clearly written and user friendly, this revision of a bestseller builds on the remarkable success of the first edition. This book is a thorough compilation of water science, treatment information, process control procedures, problem-solving techniques, safety and health information, and administrative and technological trends.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

European Union (Drinking Water) Regulations, 2014

Reeve (2002) Introduction to environmental analysis. John Wiley & Sons

Christian G.D. (2004) Analytical Chemistry. 6th Edition. John Wiley & Sons

APHA (2017) Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater, 23rd edition.

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Other Resources

Pilot-scale water treatment plant

Field monitoring equipment

Personal Protective Equipment

Bus for visit to water treatment plant