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Water Treatment Process Management at Water Works

Three (3) days

HEQF 2007 NQF Level 7: 5 credits​


The course is a NQF level seven (7) short course. The course is presented over a period of three (3) consecutive learning days.  A typical learning day will consist of approximately eight (8) hours of learning. Participants will be required to work on assignments after completion of learning days​​​

Purpose of the Course

The purpose of the course is to provide the South African water sector a high level overview of the core principles and management concepts of water and wastewater treatment, to enable tutors and trainers, as well as engineers and officials from the three tiers of government to select and apply water and wastewater treatment processes to meet specific water treatment needs. The course also enables participants to plan operation and maintenance plans for water and wastewater treatment plants. Lastly, and importantly, it provides guidance on how to perform an overview evaluation of operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment processes.

Target Participants

College lecturers and facilitators, engineers, managers, decision-makers, operations and maintenance personnel from municipalities, water boards,, other national government departments, provincial government departments, private water supply companies, mines, industry, research organizations and universities.

Exit Level Outcomes

On completion of the short course, participants should be able to

  1. Appraise the water and wastewater treatment needs in the context of community expectations and economic viability.
  2. Analyse and debate the drinking water supply and wastewater treatment legal and regulatory system in South Africa.
  3. Evaluate feasibility of different treatment processes and treatment trains for a variety of treatment applications.
  4. Evaluate the efficiency and sufficiency of operations practices, programs and protocols in water and wastewater treatment.
  5. Demonstrate  the ability to identify, analyze, evaluate, critically reflect on and address complex water and wastewater treatment problems.
  6. Prioritise, and expand on where required, the steps in planning and design of water and wastewater treatment processes.​

Assessment Criteria

The assessment will comprise the following;

Group presentations (30%) -             Day 3
Open book examination (30%) -        Day 3
Post course assignment (40%)​​ -        Hand in 4 weeks after the course

Further enquiries can be made to
Ms. Tania van der Merwe: email​