Online Course on Industrial Effluent Treatment

The focus of this course is on management of industrial wastewater including topics such as cleaner production, industrial water management, toxicity, physical chemical processes, anaerobic industrial wastewater treatment, and sludge management and treatment. 

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For whom?

Mid-career professionals dealing with the technical, environmental, and management aspects pertaining to industrial pollution control, wastewater treatment, residuals/waste minimization, and disposal and reuse.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 04 September 2017
End: 12 January 2018
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 20 August 2017 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 850

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Define cleaner production and explain the advantages and disadvantages of applying cleaner production activities
  2. Implement cleaner production activities on a selected industrial sector
  3. Describe industrial water management strategies for pollution prevention including the planning and performance of water audits, the implementation of waste minimization plants, and the adequate selection of wastewater treatment technology
  4. Implement industrial water management strategies for pollution prevention on a selected industrial sector
  5. Define industrial effluent toxicity and identify problems associated with industrial effluent toxicity
  6. Illustrate how to measure industrial effluent toxicity and explain alternatives to deal with toxic effluent streams
  7. Define the most commonly applied wastewater treatment technologies for industrial wastes and classify the technologies based on the conventional series of primary, secondary, tertiary, and in-plant treatment

Course structure

Participants complete the course in part-time, online learning mode with a total workload of approximately 140 hours (equivalent to a course of 3 weeks full-time). They spend about 9 hours per week on this course by reading, watching lectures, participating in discussions, asking questions to the teacher and to fellow classmates, and working on assignments. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Course Certificate issued by UNESCO-IHE.

Course content

  • Cleaner Production: i) Trend-setting introduction of industrial pollution; ii) Theoretical concept of Eco-efficiency; iii) What is cleaner production; iv) Financial benefits of cleaner production; and v) A future prospective.
  • Industrial Water Management: i) Impact of industry on water resources; ii) Industrial water quality; iii) Water audit; iv) Waste minimization; v) Treatment options; vi) Appropriate technology; and vii) Implementation.
  • Toxicity in Industrial Wastewater: i) Measures of toxicity; ii) Kinetics Models for toxic substrates; and iii) Dealing with toxicity.
  • Physical Chemical Processes: i) Contaminants/classes and process selection; ii) Physical‑chemical transformation processes; iii) Physical-chemical separation processes; and iv) Coagulation/flocculation.
  • Anaerobic Industrial Wastewater Treatment: i) Anaerobic high-rate treatment of industrial wastewater; ii) UASB reactors; iii) EGSB reactors; iv) EGSB/IC reactors; and v) Industrial treatment examples.
  • Sludge Management:  i) Sludge conditioning; ii) Sludge thickening; iii) Sludge stabilization; and iv) Sludge dewatering.
  • Case studies: i) Steel industry; ii) Tannery; iii) Aquaculture; iv) Industrial practices: potato, sugar, tannery, and yeast; v) Sugar, steel, and water reclamation; vi) Resources recovery; vii) Water management/water reuse (membrane bioreactors); viii) Refinery; ix) Leachate treatment; x) Metal surface protection by advanced wastewater treatment; xi) Brewery industry; xii) Sludge drying; and xiii) Sludge incineration.