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Disinfection, Adsorption and Natural Processes for Water Treatment

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Engineering
Course summary The course presents fundamentals and practice of conventional water treatment processes: disinfection, adsorption processes, activated carbon, chemical softening, ion exchange, drinking water quality.
Course description The following processes and technologies will be presented in detail through lectures, laboratory sessions and workshops: • Introduction to drinking water quality • Algae in surface water treatment: Intakes and effect of storage in water quality • Disinfection: Conventional disinfection, chlorination principles and practice and an overview of disinfection by products. Break-point chlorination, advanced disinfection processes (ozone, UV light). • Adsorption: Theoretical background of adsorptive processes. • Activated carbon: Granular and powdered activated carbon, modelling and design. • Chemical softening: Principles of chemical softening and sludge blanket softening; design and operation of pellet-softening and membrane softening plants. • Ion exchange: Ion exchange resins (selectivity, column operation, regeneration of resins and applications).
Study subjects The following processes and technologies will be presented in detail through lectures, laboratory sessions and workshops: • Introduction to drinking water quality • Algae in surface water treatment • Disinfection: chemical disinfection, disinfection by products, advanced disinfection processes (ozone, UV light). • Adsorption processes • Activated carbon • Chemical softening • Ion exchange.
Course objectives Upon completion of the short course participants will be able to: • Understand the principles of disinfection, ion exchange, chemical softening, adsorption and activated carbon filtration processes. • Select appropriate processes and determine design parameters depending on the nature of impurities to be removed and the intended use of the treated water.
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes excursion, laboratory work, lecture, self study, workshop
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Preferably 2 to 3 years of practical or research work experience.
  2. Relevant wo bachelor (academic bachelor): BSc degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject from a recognized university
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 3 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
10 Feb 2020 10 Jan 2020 10 Jan 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2910€ 2910n.a.

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  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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