Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering

Water beading on a waxed surface.

This class deals with methods of purifying water. (Photo courtesy of Editor B. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2006



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This course is an overview of engineering approaches to protecting water quality with an emphasis on fundamental principals. Theory and conceptual design of systems for treating municipal wastewater and drinking water are discussed, as well as reactor theory, process kinetics, and models. Physical, chemical, and biological processes are presented, including sedimentation, filtration, biological treatment, disinfection, and sludge processing. Finally, there is discussion of engineered and natural processes for wastewater treatment.

Peter Shanahan. 1.85 Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering, Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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