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Water Quality Management and Risk Assessments 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.​


The purpose of the course is to provide the South African water sector a high level overview of and to coordinate and execute risk-based water safety and operational activities within defined water services scheme. The course intends to enable tutors and trainers, as well as engineers and officials from the three tiers of government to select, review or develop a wastewater risk abatement plan and water safety plan for a defined water services works.  ​


The objectives of the course are;​

  1. Develop, draw up and evaluate Water Safety Plan and Wastewater Risk Abatement Plan.
  2. Identify the scope and requirements of a water quality safety plan.
  3. Interpret and communicate the results of water quality analyses and programs on various levels of the water supply organization
  4. Manage water quality in drinking water supply systems.
  5. Set-up, service and monitor a technical project team implementing an integrated water quality management plan starting in the catchment progressing through the purification and distribution system ending at the point of delivery.
  6. Understand and apply in practice the important physical, chemical and microbiological water quality issues, with specific attention on regulatory and compliance requirements​.

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. Critically analyze​ how impurities enter the Water Cycle, know who are the main users of water, and interpret the most important impurities and classes of impurities that are found in the water sources used for drinking water supply.
  2. Evaluate which impurities may be prevalent in the different sources, and apply the main criteria when evaluating water supply options.
  3. Evaluate and apply understanding of the physical, chemical and microbiological requirements are of the new SANS 241 of 2015. Identify, interpret, and apply the health and aesthetical effect of these impurities on humans.
  4. Understand what the most important groups and classes of micro-pollutants and chemicals of merging concern are, and what the occurrence and pathways into the water cycle of these micro-pollutants are.​
  5. Critically evaluate the main steps are in performing a water quality assessment, and why are these steps important.
  6. Understand the different sampling techniques, and the developments in on-line water quality assessment (real-time water quality monitoring) .
  7. Assess how water quality results should be interpreted and applied.​

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