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Bringing water from its source to a drinking state requires a understanding of the principles and practices of drinking water characterization and the knowledge of the technologies and some of the new advanced treatments. This course meets this need.

Course Outline

After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:
characterize and identify water types
match water types to treatment processes
remove suspended solids, colloids, and dissolved and particulate organic matter using conventional
   water treatment systems
select an advanced water-treatment process
apply your knowledge to get the best water from your system

This course balances information about both conventional and advanced water treatment processes, focusing on standards related to drinking purposes. You will learn about contaminants present in raw waters, how they vary from source to source, the impact of these contaminants on the water, and how the water can be used and treated. The course will explain how testing results can be used to optimize plant operation and troubleshoot problems.

To provide participants with a working knowledge of conventional and advanced water treatment processes.

Who Should Attend
Facility and utility engineers, consulting engineers, plant managers, chemical technologists and technicians, plant operating personnel, those responsible for capital equipment procurement, and anyone involved in the water treatment industry who requires an update on drinking water chemistry and treatment approaches.

Ronald Zaloum, PhD

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome and Introduction

Hydrological Cycle and Water Characterization

Why Do We Need Water Treatment?
• What is water
• Properties of water and problems they present in its production for domestic use
• Utilizing water from different sources, the hydrological cycle
• Dissolved gas and solids (pH, alkalinity, hardness, etc.)
• Organic contaminants
• Microbiological contaminants
• Natural constituents (humic materials) vs. contaminants (pesticides, fertilizers)
• Basics of corrosion, scaling, and microbiological fouling

Drinking Water Treatment: Conventional Treatment Technologies

• The chemistry behind coagulation/flocculation
• Types of coagulants/flocculants and their dose determination
• Hardness reduction and pH control
• Treating and handling clarifier wastes

• Types of filters
• Why are filters placed after coagulation/flocculation
• Gravity and pressure filters
• Channelling
• Role of sand and carbon

Day II

Conventional Treatment Technologies (continued)

• Chlorination and hypochlorination
    - Safety, THMs, taste and odour, chloramination, superchlorination
• Alternatives to chlorine
• Chlorine dioxide, ozone

Advanced Water Treatment

Membrane Technology
• Microfiltration
• Ultrafiltration
• Reverse osmosis
• Cleaning reverse osmosis membranes
• Electrodialysis

Ion-Exchange Technology
• Water softening
• Service and regeneration runs
• Resin types and train configurations
• Cleaning ion-exchange resins

Adsorption Methods
• Granular activated carbon (GAC)
• Powdered activated carbon (PAC)

Chemical Treatment
• Gas stripping
• Oxidation of iron


Monitoring and Controlling the Operation

Routine and Special Plant Activities
• Quality control/quality assurance (QC/QA)
• Application of statistical methods to maximize quality
• Utilizing plant data to assess that something is wrong
• Additional plant data that could be useful

Open discussion among participants

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule
8:00   Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment and networking breaks during each morning and afternoon session. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Dr. Ronald Zaloum earned his bachelor degree in chemical engineering at McGill University, his master’s degree in environmental engineering at McMaster University, and his PhD in environmental studies at Metz University, France. Prior to retiring, he was program manager with Environment Canada’s Quebec regional office in Montreal, where he was involved in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. Dr. Zaloum has also worked as an adjunct professor and researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University.

Prerequisites & Certificates

There are no prerequisites for the course.

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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