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WTM 205
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 40

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:20    Lab Hours:20

WTM 205 builds on EST 201 Plant Operations by focusing on wastewater (municipal- and industrial-scale treatment plant operations). Many treatment facilities are repurposing themselves as producers of clean water and renewable energy, and now consider their plants to be Renewable Resource Recovery Operations. Students will learn about policies and systems specific to the field of wastewater treatment and become familiar with various municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants in the Northwest.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Apply knowledge in the terminology and key concepts of wastewater treatment.
  • Compare and contrast the prevalent and emerging approaches to wastewater treatment in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective communications including reporting and permitting for Environmental, Health, and Safety regulations.
  • Provide examples of contemporary issues and challenges in the field of wastewater treatment.

  • Course Topics
  • State and federal regulations governing wastewater treatment, including relevant Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act mandates.
  • Measuring, calculating, and documenting chemical quantities.
  • Sampling and lab testing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Issues and permitting pertaining to Environmental, Health, and Safety.
  • Waste water treatment Plant Operations labs and field trips - municipal facility. industrial plant, anaerobic digester trainer.
  • Review and more in-depth study of physical, biological, and chemical treatment approaches for a range of human wastewater and other wastewaters from agricultural and industrial sites.
  • Hazard analysis and review of color coding for piping and waste containment vessels.
  • Role of algae, ponds, and constructed wetlands in wastewater treatment.
  • Review of energy production from wastewater, uses for reclaimed wastewater, and groundwater replenishment approaches.

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    Year Quarter
    WTM 205
    Winter 2015
    Jason Selwitz

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.