Do you need to brush up on your applied math skills? Do you understand the basic sciences associated with water treatment operations? Nearly everyone who works at a waterworks facility is facing these challenges. 

To address this training need, Virginia Tech in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) developed a short course that covers the math and science of real-world, water treatment applications. It is an intensive course that builds from introductory, basic skills to the application of many important principles. Topics include the calculation of chemical feed rates, interpreting pump curves, interpreting water quality data, selecting the best coagulant dosage, calculating filter rates, interpreting water treatment regulations, and much more. 

The course materials include a manual expressly designed for the short course and a student workbook that provides examples used for in-class exercises and homework assignments. Near the end of the week, participants will work in small groups on a comprehensive example that ties all the course lessons together, and individually work at computers to solve water treatment problems.

Course instructors have been carefully selected based on their experience in the water treatment field, presentation skills, and experience in teaching operator training courses. The instructors come from Virginia Tech, the VDH, and municipalities. 

Location Information

The Hyatt Place Blacksburg
650 Univeristy City Blvd
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Lodging will be offered for participants at they Hyatt Place Blacksburg, located at 650 University City Blvd., Blacksburg, VA 24060. If you register for a single occupancy hotel room, a reservation will be made in your name. Lodging reservations will be made for June 2-7, 2024.


Day One
8:15AM-8:30AM Introduction, Overview, & Objectives
8:30AM-10:00AM Math (Chapter 2)
10:00AM-10:15AM Break
10:15AM-12:00PM Math (Chapter 2) – Continued
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch (included in program)
1:00PM-3:00PM Math (Chapter 2) – Continued
3:00PM-3:15PM Break
3:15PM-5:30PM              Math (Chapter 2) – Continued
5:30PM Networking Dinner (included in program)

Day Two
8:30AM-10:00AM Water Chemistry (Chapter 3)
10:00AM-10:15AM Break
10:15AM-12:00PM Water Chemistry (Chapter 3) – Continued 
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch  (included in program)
1:00PM-3:00PM Hydraulics (Chapter 4)
3:00PM-3:15PM Break
3:15PM-5:30PM Hydraulics (Chapter 4) – Continued

Day Three
8:30AM-10:00AM Hydraulics (Chapter 4) – Continued 
10:00AM-10:15AM Break
10:15AM-12:00PM Hydraulics (Chapter 4) – Continued 
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch (included in program)
1:00PM-3:00PM Chemical Feeders (Chapter 5)
3:00PM-3:15PM Break
3:15PM-4:30PM Coagulation and Flocculation (Chapter 6)
4:30PM-5:30PM Sedimentation (Chapter 7)

Day Four
8:30AM-9:30AM Sedimentation (Chapter 7) – Continued
9:30AM-10:15AM Filtration (Chapter 8)
10:15AM-10:30AM Break
10:30AM-12:00PM Filtration (Chapter 8) – Continued
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch (included in program)
1:00PM-2:00PM Filtration (Chapter 8) – Continued
2:00PM-3:00PM Disinfection (Chapter 9)
3:00PM-3:15PM Break
3:15PM-4:00PM Disinfection (Chapter 9)
4:00PM-5:00PM Comprehensive Problem

Day Five
8:30AM-10:00AM Comprehensive Problem – Continued 
10:00AM-10:15AM Break
10:15AM-11:45AM Test
11:45AM-12:00PM Closing, Evaluation and Adjourn

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