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Maintenance and operation of water plants



This is a course about how to operate a wastewater treatment plant. It will address the basics of O&M, plus how to control the plant operations.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Obtain knowledge on operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants
  • Operate and maintain wastewater treatment plants and the associated equipment
  • Understand the requirements of preventive maintenance in wastewater treatment plants

Targeted Audience:

This course is intended for waste-water treatment plant personnel, supervisors, laboratory personnel, and plant operators and technicians.

Course Outlines:

Unit 1:

  • Introduction
  • Pre-Test
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Basics & Types of Plants
  • What you can control & what you have to live with
  • Elements of a Plant
  • Flow Measurements
  • Flow Characteristics - is it already anaerobic?
  • Screening
  • Grit Removal
  • Sedimentation
  • Aeration
  • Pumps and Pumping
  • Clarifiers
  • Filters
  • Membranes
  • Disinfection
  • Discharge
  • Recap of the basics

Unit 2:

  • Detailed Look at each of the systems, and operating parameters
  • What needs Maintenance, Attention, and what frequency?
  • Flow Measurements
  • Screening
  • Grit Removal
  • Sedimentation
  • Aeration
  • Clarifiers
  • The importance of the laboratory and tests and measurements
  • BOD vs. COD
  • TSS & VSS Control
  • Other Control Parameters

Unit 3:

  • Pumps and Pumping and Recirculation & Maintenance
  • Controlling MLSS
  • Nitrogen and Phosphorous Removals & Recirculation Ratios
  • Clarifiers & Maintenance
  • Sludge Thickening

Unit 4:

  • Sludge dewatering
  • Sludge digestion Aerobic and Anaerobic
  • Sludge drying, incineration, and land spreading/landfilling
  • Introduction to Preventive Maintenance
  • Statistical basics and how to keep up with your maintenance schedule

Unit 5:

  • What to do with Septage Transport Trucks
  • Maintaining the Aeration System & Blowers
  • How to tell what’s happening in your plant with a Microscope
  • Foaming and troubleshooting
  • Pumping Stations and their Maintenance
  • Pipeline and Force Main Maintenance
  • Feedback to the laboratory/ from the laboratory
  • Practice Operating a Plant from models - diagnosing troubles
  • Post Test

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