Are you curious about the Operation of Conventional Treatment Processes course for postsecondary students? Elliot Jones, Acting Scientist, answers your most common questions:
1.What can I expect from the course?
The course is an excellent opportunity to gain a glimpse at the roles and responsibilities associated with operating a drinking water system in Ontario. It gives attendees a chance to operate, monitor and troubleshoot our pilot-size conventional treatment plant. It also provides hands-on experience in the laboratory monitoring basic water quality parameters, and the chance to work with various on-line, bench-top, and handheld analyzers found throughout the water industry.
2.What will I learn about?
Through this hands-on course, participants gain a better understanding of operating and optimizing the conventional water treatment process. The course also provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with jar testing at the bench-scale, collecting water quality data, and scaling the learned results to the pilot-scale treatment plant, including the necessary skills required for setting up chemical feed systems.
3.What do I have to bring?
Because this is a hands-on course, operating in both the lab and the Technology Demonstration Facility, closed toed shoes (preferably steel toe) and pants (no shorts) are required. Bring a great attitude and willingness to learn alongside industry professionals while using specialized treatment equipment to ensure you have an excellent time!
4.Is lunch provided?
Lunch is provided, and the desserts and coffee add to the great three-day experience!
Since 2007, WCWC has offered hands-on training to support students who are enrolled in Ontario colleges that include the Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators as part of their curriculum. For more information on WCWC training, please visit wcwc.ca, or contact us at 866-515-0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre’s pilot testing service gives operators the opportunity to obtain site specific information on different treatment options for addressing water quality challenges. We have a wide array of equipment housed in our Technology Demonstration Facility that can be customized in our facility or at your remote location.
Resources produced from past pilot testing projects can be found below.
‘Ontario has a comprehensive set of measures and regulations to help ensure the safety of drinking water.
The following dataset contains information about the drinking water systems, laboratories and facilities the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is responsible for monitoring to ensure compliance with Ontario’s drinking water laws.
The dataset includes information about:
- the number and type of registered systems and laboratories
- drinking water quality test results
- adverse water quality incidents
- activities to support reduced lead in drinking water
- enforcement activities related to inspections
- orders and convictions
- system operator certification’ (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2020).
The National Environmental Services Centre (NESC) provides fact sheets in conjunction with the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse and the University of Virginia. These fact sheets can be accessed in this post.
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This post provides information on arsenic in drinking water and reducing arsenic through treatment options and optimization.
Pilot Testing Reports & Summaries
- How to monitor nitrification in the field (3:29)
- How to analyze nitrite (2:13)
- How to analyze nitrate (2:25)
- How to analyze pH and temperature (2:23)
- How to analyze monochloramine and free ammonia (3:30)
- How to analyze total ammonia (2:53)
- How to analyze free chlorine (5:36)
- How to analyze total chlorine (5:44)
- Monitoring nitrification parameters: PPA vs. spectrophotometer analysis (2:49)
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