The Water specialization in the Green Technology Diploma program provides breadth and depth knowledge in the area of water resources management and waste water treatment and the understanding of water and waste water quality, legislation and standards.
This course offers an introduction to the instrumentation trade as it applies to the day-to-day operations of water/wastewater treatment plants. Topics discussed include types of instruments and control equipment, process measurement and control principles, terminology, design and control systems documentations, operators training and troubleshooting techniques. It is important to note that this course is not aimed to create trades persons but is designed from the viewpoint of plant operators so they can develop more awareness of the plant staff and allow them to effectively monitor and control the plant and major equipment, the treatment process, water production, and plant wastes.
The course covers basic information about the water and sewer utility operating environments and water sources as well as the key issues in water demand planning. Students will learn about the history of drinking water regulations and current regulations including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act. Topics include today’s water crisis, management and best practices, an introduction to regulatory affairs and restrictions, water sources both regionally and globally, commercial and domestic water use, our water footprint, responding to the water crisis, and new trends.
This course covers analysis and design using commercially available software such as water distribution systems including pipes, reservoir, pumps, and losses. It also covers results visualizations and assessment including pressure, velocity, and head losses, analysis and design using commercially available software such as wastewater collection systems including pipes, manholes, drop manholes, wet wells, and other appurtenances. Maintenance and safety is also covered including sampling, sampling methods and parameters, analysis and data handling, management, and supervision.
This course covers physical, chemical and biological water quality parameters determinations and standards,water treatment units, screens, sedimentation, coagulation/flocculation processes, filtration, and disinfection. This course will also survey the commonly used thermal and membrane based desalination technologies, environmental, sustainability, and economic factors which may influence the performance, affordability and more wide-spread use of desalination systems for fresh water production and reuse.
This course covers wastewater characteristics, mass balances concept, preliminary treatment, primary treatment, secondary biological treatment including activated sludge process, aerated lagoons, SBR, trickling filters, RBC, nitrification-denitrification processes, introduction to sludge treatment and disposal, sludge stabilization, thickening, de-watering, anaerobic digestion, composting, disposal, and waste to energy.
This course covers water requirements of plants, irrigation scheduling, soil moisture sensors, irrigation under crop stress, crop species tolerant to water stress, and salinity. Also covered are the requirements for irrigation water and crop selection, integrated pest management, optimized use of fertilizers, pressurized irrigation systems, sprinkler systems, drip systems, advanced surface irrigation, irrigation efficiency and energy demands of irrigation systems, and use of renewable energy for irrigation.
This course covers quantitative methods for analyzing water resource problems, design and management of facilities for river basin development, water supply, hydropower, and other activities related to water resources. Stochastic and deterministic methods for approaching and analyzing water resources problems will be discussed.
*PRGR 665 and PRGR 681 are two water core courses for students in the Water Specialization. The water core requirements are only within the concentration and are not part of the Diploma general core requirements.