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WAT 304 - Water Treatment I

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course has been developed using the ABC Water Treatment Class I Need-to-Know Criteria. The ABC Need-to-Know Criteria describe the core competencies covered on the ABC standardized exams used by the Iowa DNR Operator Certification Program for their Water Treatment Grade I certification exam. The ABC Need-to-Know Criteria covered by this course are Evaluate Characteristics of Source Water; Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust Treatment Processes; and Comply with Drinking Water Regulations Core Competencies.
Competencies
  1. Evaluate characteristics of source water
    1. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
    2. Assess potential source water contamination
    3. Assess source water
    4. Describe hydrology
    5. Identify normal characteristics of source water
    6. Adjust source water
  2. Examine wells
    1. Discuss well operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation.
    2. Explain wellhead protection
  3. Analyze treatment processes
    1. Define treatment parameters
    2. Identify operation, maintenance, and monitoring requirements and practices
    3. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
    4. Recognize proper application of chemicals
    5. Collect samples using proper sampling procedures and equipment
    6. Monitor samples using proper techniques
    7. Recognize abnormal analytical results
    8. Calculate treatment parameters
    9. Compare calculated values to recognized standards for these treatment parameters
    10. Identify monitoring equipment and instruments
  4. Assess treatment processes
    1. Explain facility operation and maintenance
    2. Diagnose concerns related to facility operation and maintenance
    3. Discriminate between normal and abnormal conditions
    4. Compare facility performance and process units
    5. Troubleshoot facility operation and maintenance
  5. Adjust treatment processes
    1. Identify operation and maintenance practices
    2. Describe normal chemical range
    3. Modify chemical feed rates, flow patterns, and process units and equipment
    4. Calibrate equipment and instruments
    5. Confirm chemical strength
    6. Maintain processes in normal operating condition
    7. Prepare chemicals
    8. Use proper start-up and shut-down procedures
  6. Comply with State and federal regulations and guidelines
    1. Examine Safe Drinking Water Act, regulations, and guidelines
    2. State purpose of building codes, local codes, and ordinances
    3. Explain the Water Supply permit
    4. Define reporting and recordkeeping requirements
    5. List certification requirements
    6. Outline procedures for sanitary surveys of groundwater supplies
    7. Describe safety regulations
  7. Demonstrate proper safety procedures
    1. Interpret Safety Data Sheets
    2. Identify potential safety hazards
    3. Use safe work habits
    4. Recognize unsafe work conditions
    5. Operate safety equipment
    6. Maintain proper chemical handling and storage
    7. Select proper safety equipment
  8. Perform recordkeeping and reporting
    1. State purpose of recordkeeping system
    2. Use monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting policies and requirements
    3. Interpret data
    4. Report findings
    5. Translate technical language into common terminology
    6. Describe monthly operating report
    7. Record information
    8. Describe recordkeeping policies
  9. Identify types of water treatment facilities and distribution systems
    1. Recognize types of water treatment facilities
    2. Recognize types of water distribution systems
    3. Describe the duties of a water treatment operator
    4. Explain the skills and qualifications needed for the job
    5. Explain certification, licensing and educational requirements in water treatment occupations
    6. Describe legal and ethical concerns for operators
    7. Identify types of public water systems



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