Water Analysis, Monitoring and Plant Operation
Brief Description
The short course entitled Water Analysis, Monitoring and Plant Operation is specifically designed to update attendees on the most current methods for sampling, analysis and data management that have recently emerged globally.
The information is tailored to facilitate better decision making in the field of water resources management and effluent treatment before disposal. The course takes into consideration the fact that the quality of available water resources for human consumption in South Africa and around the world is in a state of continuous decline due to increase inputs from agriculture and industry. This course introduces to the delegate the modern analytical tools for parameter analysis and field monitoring tools including telemetry, remote sensors, and GIS database management systems that take advantage of the most modern Information Technology and electronic data collection tools.
The second half of the course present aspects of in plant monitoring and optimization advisory guidelines taking advantage of real time plant monitoring tools. Aspects of adherence to effluent discharge standards and troubleshooting protocols for optimum plant operation are covered in this course.
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to facilitate planning for monitoring of rivers, dams and groundwater resources make decisions regarding choice of the best sampling and analytical methods for a given water quality assessment plan evaluate and classify extent of pollution for a range of water bodies effectively use data capturing and analytical tools and presentation of data in GIS format facilitate decision making regarding optimum utilisation of South African water resources.
Course Content
Background aspects:
National Water Act and other regulatory requirements
Physical water quality parameters 
Chemical water quality parameters
Biological water quality parameters 
Statistics & Application Sample Handling and Laboratory Procedure
Statistical Analysis Principles and Methods
Water Use during Pandemics: COVID-19 Case Study
End of the pipe and In-Stream water quality standards
Laboratory practice 1: TSS, Faecal Coliform, DO, BOD5, COD, Fl-, Cl-, toxic metals, organic pollutants, etc
Laboratory practice 2: IC-LC/QTOF, HPLC, GC-MS, AAS, TOC, COD Analyser, UV/Vis Spectrophotometer, 
Remote (electronic) monitoring and telemetry use in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
Field Visit: Field Trip to large water body with water monitoring protocols in Gauteng 
Treatment processes:
Overview of conventional water treatment processes
Overview of conventional wastewater treatment processes 
Wastewater Reclamation and Treatment of Impaired Waters – Membrane Systems and Ion-Exchange
Field Trip 
Monitoring Protocols for Large Water Works
Case Study: poorly managed systems
Case Study: better managed systems
Case Study: Low cost sanitation systems
Effluent disposal – impact on aquatic systems
Solids treatment and disposal – impact on ground water systems
Energy and resource recovery from the wastewater treatment processes
Water Reclamation and Reuse – EPs, EDCs and the Three-Barrier philosophy – uncoupling the Water-Energy nexus
Entry Requirements
All persons active in the Water Sector are eligible for enrolment into this course. The background knowledge required to follow the content of this course include work experience, a diploma or degree including fundamentals of physics, chemistry and microbiology, and/or participation in design and management of water and wastewater infrastructure of Southern Africa.
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Catalogue and Category:
Engineering and Technology Management
Who Should attend:
This course is ideal persons who are active in the field including consult engineers or water/environmental scientists and practitioners within the Southern African water sector or developing countries experiencing water challenges due increasing industrialisation and urbanisation. All active water sector artisans and professionals will benefit from this course.
Delivery Mode:
Contact Sessions
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