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Small and Medium Communal Wastewater Treatment Systems

14 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics and strength of wastewater based on the types and concentrations of contaminating substances
  • Recognize physical, chemical and biological contaminants of wastewater
  • Identify efficient types of wastewater treatment and disposal systems for small and medium communities
  • Design small and medium communal wastewater treatment systems based on the characteristics of wastewater, availability of land, site location and economic considerations
  • Identify decision-making criteria and management aspects of wastewater treatment in small and medium communities


Small and medium communities usually use decentralized or on-site systems to collect, treat and reuse/dispose treated wastewater at or near the generation point. Managed decentralized or on-site wastewater systems in small and medium communities are gaining increasing attention since they are viable, cost-effective, and offer long-term alternatives to centralized wastewater treatment facilities. This course discusses wastewater treatment in small and medium communities, focusing on the specific characteristics of these types of treatment systems, including flexibility in management, site conditions, cost-effectiveness and environmental protection requirements. The operation principles and design of various types of small and medium communal wastewater treatment systems will be discussed and case studies will be presented.

Course Outline

  • Wastewater characteristics and water pollutants
  • Centralized and decentralized wastewater treatment systems
  • Decision making criteria in wastewater treatment
  • Soil-based decentralized wastewater treatment systems
  • Filtration systems in advanced decentralized wastewater treatment systems
  • Constructed wetlands in advanced decentralized wastewater treatment systems
  • Biological wastewater treatment processes: applications and operation principles
  • Wastewater treatment lagoons
  • Disinfection processes in wastewater treatment systems
  • Management aspects of decentralized wastewater treatment systems

Who Should Attend

Municipal Planners, Designers and Operators of Decentralized Wastewater Systems, Plant Managers, Facility/Utility Engineers, Consulting Engineers, Technicians and Technologists

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This course is currently scheduled on the following date. Click to learn even more details about this offering.

Online, 3/2/2023


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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