British Columbia Institute of


EENG 8255 - Drinking Water Treatment

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course will cover drinking water quality and associated public health concerns. Particular emphasis will be placed on the multiple-barrier concept for the inactivation of microorganisms, as well as the preservation of distribution system water quality. A substantial portion of the course will deal with practical design of commonly used treatment processes for the production of potable water.


EENG 7211 and EENG 7215





Spring/Summer 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2019 term.

CRN 59753

Tue Apr 02 - Tue Jun 18 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 02 - Jun 18 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 3570


Inderjit Singh

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Environmental Engineering Technology Degree program. Students will require department approval prior to registration. Please contact Program Assistant at or call 604-432-8539.

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, mail or in person.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Appraise the significance of water demand (based on water consumption statistics) and the characterization of water quality in relation to treatment system design.
  • Assess key bacteriological water quality parameters to ensure the production of potable water according to criteria established under the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and the BC Safe Drinking Water Regulation.
  • Compare the water treatment philosophies practiced in North America and other parts of the world, including discussion of standards set by the WHO and EEC.
  • Discuss the significance of source water protection to minimize water quality risks.
  • Analyze the principles of coagulation/flocculation as they pertain to water treatment plant design.
  • Analyze the principles of clarification as they pertain to water treatment plant design.
  • Illustrate the principles of filtration as they pertain to water treatment plant design. Describe conventional, direct, diatomaceous earth, slow sand and membrane processes.
  • Discuss filter operation, defining the concept of headloss and relationship to backwash requirements and media types.
  • Apply the principles of water softening to the removal of hardness from scale forming waters, including the calculation of dosage requirements for various water softening scenarios.
  • Discuss the principles of corrosion control as they pertain to water treatment process design.
  • Discuss the principles of primary and secondary disinfection as they pertain to water treatment process design. In additional to chlorine based treatment, discuss alternative technologies including ozone and ultraviolet light.
  • Discuss the formation potential of disinfection by-products and microbial regrowth in distribution systems and their associated exposure risks.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2012

Related Programs

EENG 8255 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Environmental Engineering Technology
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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