May 24, 2019  
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WAT 308 - Wastewater Analysis

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
During this course students will perform wastewater laboratory procedures and chemistry. They will study vocabulary, equipment, techniques, hazards, hygiene and accident prevention. They will also learn correct sampling and testing techniques.
Competencies
  1. Describe basic laboratory vocabulary, equipment, and techniques for operators.
    1. Define laboratory vocabulary.
    2. Demonstrate ability to use the metric system to express units of length, volume, weight, temperature, and concentration.
    3. State chemical names and formulas that are commonly used in wastewater analyses.
    4. Identify and describe equipment in a wastewater laboratory.
    5. Demonstrate techniques used during standardization and titration procedures .
    6. Demonstrate proper use of a spectrophotometer and graph the calibration curve of a sample.
    7. Identify and select best indicator to use for water sample testing.
    8. Organize test data, by using bench sheets, and keep accurate records.
  2. Describe personal safety and hygiene for wastewater laboratories.
    1. Practice all OSHA safety procedures for a lab.
    2. List laboratory hazards such as corrosive chemicals and materials that are infectious, toxic, explosive/flammable.
    3. Describe basic rules of laboratory safety.
    4. Explain wastewater disease prevention methods through personal hygiene.
    5. Explain proper movement and storage of chemicals.
    6. Describe safety procedures for accident prevention from electrical shock, burns, toxic fumes, waste disposal, and fire.
    7. Identify class of fire and the correct type of fire extinguisher.
    8. Operate fire extinguisher correctly.
  3. Describe quality sampling.
    1. Explain importance of proper sampling techniques and the preservation of samples until time of analysis.
    2. Prepare a representative sample.
    3. Compare grab samples to composite samples.
    4. Identify important points in sampling of raw sludge.
    5. Design and build a sampling bucket.
  4. Describe wastewater tests and procedures for operators.
    1. Compare a field test to lab test procedures when determining clarity.
    2. Explain testing for hydrogen sulfide in the atmosphere and wastewaters.
    3. Outline the procedures and calculate efficiency for settleable and suspended solids testing.
    4. Describe testing procedures for total solids and volatile solids.
    5. Identify and summarize all tests for activated sludge control, digestion control, and biosolids analysis.
  5. Explain all laboratory procedures for NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) monitoring.
    1. Use approved testing procedures to test for pollutants.
    2. Outline test procedures for acidity, alkalinity, COD, chloride, and chlorine residual.
    3. Describe the MPN method and MF method for coliform group bacteria testing and e.coli testing.
    4. Demonstrate tests for Dissolved Oxygen, PH tests, Suspended Solids tests, Settelable Solids tests and Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD).
    5. Outline test procedures for hydrogen ion, metals, nitrogen, oil and grease, phosphorus, total solids, specific conductance, sulfate, surfactants, temperature, total organic carbon, and turbidity. 



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