Water Supply and Treatment

"The course provides a great insight into water treatment and allowed me to spend time doing practical work in the laboratory. It has reminded me about the benefits of doing academic study to help me to understand what I see during my time in work."

Water Supply and Treatment

Fees for 2015-16 courses held at 2014-15 prices

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Water Supply and Treatment

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Delegates will acquire a conceptual understanding of the legal, health and technical aspects of treating water for drinking and industrial purposes. The course also introduces the principles involved in the design and selection of unit processes for a water treatment plant.

Course Objectives

The course provides delegates with an understanding of:

  • the fundamental scientific concepts and detailed technical know-how of the technologies required for water supply and treatment for drinking and industrial purposes;
  • the legal and health issues associated with water supply;
  • the principles involved in the design and selection of appropriate unit processes in any given context.

Upon completion of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • estimate water demand;
  • determine free chlorine residuals for break-point chlorination and the kinetics of pathogen kill;
  • select and design appropriate water treatment unit processes;
  • calculate design specifications for unit processes to remediate water of a particular quality to a particular standard;
  • clearly present designs and design information.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to water quality and health;
  • Water demand and supply;
  • Raw water quality and pretreatment;
  • Groundwater quality;
  • Water treatment processes;
  • Coagulation and flocculation;
  • Clarification;
  • Filtration;
  • Membrane processes;
  • Activated carbon;
  • Biological treatment processes;
  • Pathogen removal;
  • Disinfection chemistry and kinetics;
  • Chemical disinfection and oxidative processes;
  • Photo and phochemical disinfection processes;
  • Fluoridation;
  • Water stability;
  • Water treatment plant design.
Optional laboratory sessions

The lecture / tutorial elements of the course take place in the mornings with three optional laboratory sessions in the afternoons covering the topics of Breakpoint chlorination, coagulations through the use of jar tests and examining disinfection using membrane filtration. The practical sessions in the lab will involve the production of a lab report including the calculation of disinfection kinetics.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Water Supply and Treatment
    • £1025
      • We hope to offer CPD delegates the option of attending laboratory sessions, but can only confirm this when capacity is known. This optional element of the course attracts an additional fee of £150.

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £285, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8103) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Water Supply and Treatment accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

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