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Drinking water

Drinking water practice and challenges

Two physical meetings will take place; 16-18/10 at SLU Uppsala and 6-8/11, Chalmers, Gothenburg.

This is an advanced course in applied drinking water technique which is good for PhD students that would like to learn more about operation and design to meet both old and new challenges. The course consists of two parts:

 

 

Part 1   Drinking water systems today – what were they designed for and how are they operated (2 hec)

Introduction to design drinking water system - from raw water data and operation. Recommended for all PhD students in the Water Research School that would like to broaden their knowledge in the water area and at the same time get an insight in estimating treatment performance. Conventional treatment, normally understood as coagulation + sedimentation + filtration + chlorine disinfection, is often referred to in articles. Other techniques and combinations will be discussed in reference to that.

Course aim:
At the end of the course you should be able to:
•    Know how drinking water systems are designed after raw water quality

•    Describe strengths and weaknesses of different processes and combinations

•    Estimate microbial and chemical barriers as well as limiting factors for capacity

    Analyse different operational conditions

Preliminary agenda:

1 October, 45 minutes, Skype, Introduction and describing home work

16-18 October, Uppsala, lectures, work in groups and visits to treatment plants

 

Course content:
The course focuses on drinking water quality, mainly from a health perspective, Since un-pressurized systems means risk of intrusion of contamination during distribution sufficient maximum capacity to deal with deviations will also be covered.

  • What raw water quality parameters need treatment to fulfil drinking-water regulations and guidelines?
  • Drinking water treatment processes and distribution of drinking water
  • What treatment chains are recommended for certain raw water qualities?                                                           
    Classic and modern analytical methods for water characterization
  • Operation of DW plants as a result to variations in raw water quality and production needs

Realization
The course is carried out as a distance course with 1 physical meeting.
During the first meeting lectures are given in a dialogue with the students. Study visit. The examination task is introduced.

Examination
The course is examined by the written group reports.

Attend the physical course meeting.

You shall also do a peer-review of two other students’ literature review according to instructions given.

Course teachers:

Stephan Köhler (SLU), Olof Bergstedt (Chalmers) and others from DRICKS

Examiner:
Thomas Pettersson (Chalmers)

Part 2: Drinking water systems tomorrow – challenges, research and implementation (3 hec)

An advanced course in drinking-water which is good for PhD students that would like to learn more about challenges and what can go wrong.

Recommended for students that already have achieved knowledge corresponding to Part 1 through research/other courses/work. (Part 1 is not strictly compulsory for Part 2)

Course aim:

At the end of the course you should be able to:

Compare the responsibilities of those who produce and deliver drinking-water depending on regulatory system

Analyse what can go wrong and when problems are likely to escalate

Assess challenges with population growth, aging systems and leakage

Evaluate challenges with chemical risks and NOM

Course agenda:

6-7 November, Göteborg, Lectures, individual work/work

8 November, Göteborg, Lackarebäck Water Treatment Plant

Course content:

  • Impact of different regulatory systems.
  • Case studies when things went wrong.
  • Which challenges does drinking-water production and distribution face today?
  • Research and innovation including sensors and decision tools.

Realization

The course is carried out as a distance course with one physical meeting. The physical meeting is a mixture of lectures given in dialogue with the students and group discussions based on preparatory reading. Students are expected to do substantial work on specific challenges. The topic can be closely related to the individual research areas and challenges for the drinking-water producers in DRICKS. The producers will be invited to have staff participating in the courses.

Examination
The course is examined by participating in group discussions and taking active part in examination tasks in writing.

Course teachers: Stephan Köhler (SLU), Olof Bergstedt (Chalmers) and others from DRICKS

Examiner: Thomas Pettersson (Chalmers)