ETE-21306 Water Treatment


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)4
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. BG Temmink
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BG Temmink
dr. ir. MHA van Eekert
Examiner(s)dr. ir. BG Temmink

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-10806 Introduction Environmental Technology or comparable.


This course deals with the most important processes that can be applied for the treatment of wastewater. These processes can be based on three principles: biological conversion of pollutants, physical removal of pollutants and chemical destruction of pollutants, or combinations of these processes. The aim of wastewater treatment is to obtain a water quality suitable for discharge into surface waters or to recover and reuse valuable products. The course focuses on biological processes for removal of organics based on aerobic or anaerobic processes and on removal of nutrients (N and P) by biological (or chemical) processes. Attention is paid to kinetic models used to describe the biological processes in a reactor as a tool for design, prediction of the performance and for parameter estimation. The physical/chemical processes settling, membrane filtration, and adsorption are also dealt with.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge about the most important wastewater characteristics;
- use these characteristics to select an appropriate treatment concept, which may consist of different treatment units;
- demonstrate knowledge about the most important design criteria for several biological, physical and chemical wastewater treatment technologies;
- design these treatment units and predict their performance;
- recognize and understand the contribution of different treatment concepts in terms of energy consumption and generation, foot-print and their importance in terms of the destruction of generation of valuable compounds.


- attending lectures;
- study theory and practice problems;
- practical training week 4 (group report);
- field trip (week 4).


Assessment of Blackboard tests (may yield 1 bonus point), written examination (80%), and practical report (20%). The minimum required mark for both the written examination and the practical report is 5.5.


Handbook: Tchobanoglous, G.; Stensel, H.D.; Burton, F. (2003). Wastewater engineering: treatment and reuse. 4th ed. Boston, US: McGraw-Hill. 1819p. ISBN 0070418780.
Lecture notes: Anaerobic wastewater treatment.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScC: Spec. C - Environmental Technology1MO
Restricted Optional for: MBTBiotechnologyMScE: Spec. E - Environmental and Biobased Biotechnology1MO