Wastewater Lagoons and Ponds

Edmonton, Alberta /
May 29 - 30, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-0509-2366

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After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand physical, chemical, and biological factors that influence the efficiency of lagoons
  • Assess design considerations for lagoons
  • Develop practical solutions to common wastewater issues

Lagoons are used as a stand-alone technology for the treatment of domestic effluents, particularly in small and medium communities. Due to the simplicity of lagoons compared to activated sludge processes, lagoon operation relies on the basics of good design, proper operation, and maintenance.
This seminar covers the physical, chemical, and biological factors of lagoon efficiency; design considerations; operation and maintenance considerations; and, methods that help in upgrading lagoon effluents. You will also learn how lagoons can be used as polishing steps for removing nutrients such as phosphorus.

Course Outline:

  • Applications and Limitations of Lagoons
  • Processes Occurring in a Wastewater Lagoon Flow patterns
  • Lagoon Types, Design, and Performance
  • Monitoring Lagoons
  • De-sludging Lagoons
  • Optimizing for Improved Effluent Quality
  • Operational and to Reduce Costs
  • Emerging Trends and Technology Needs

Who Should Attend:
Plant Managers Environmental Engineers in Private Sector Development Projects Manufacturing Plants Processing Plants Municipal Engineers Biologists Chemists Other Environmental Scientists Consultants Geologists Regulatory Personnel Compliance Officers

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Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day 1

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Applications and Limitations of Lagoons

Processes Occurring in a Wastewater Lagoon Flow Patterns

Lagoon Types, Design, & Performance

  • Facultative Lagoons
  • Aerated Lagoons
  • Aerobic Lagoons
  • Anaerobic Lagoons
  • Complete Retention Lagoons
  • Controlled Discharge Lagoons
  • Continuous Discharge Lagoons

Monitoring Lagoons

  • Sampling locations, types, and frequencies
  • Flow measurements

De-sludging Lagoons

  • Options for sludge treatment and disposal

Day 2

Optimizing for Improved Effluent Quality

Operational and Minor Design Changes

  • Modifying the flow scheme
  • Addition of aeration
  • Addition of chemicals for phosphorus removal
  • Issues with ammonia and nitrates
  • Pre-treatment to reduce lagoon loading
  • Post-treatment to improve effluent quality
  • Minimizing odours

Optimizing to Reduce Costs

Emerging Trends and Technology Needs

  • Constructed wetland lagoons

Questions and Answers, and Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Ronald Zaloum, Ph.D.

Prior to retiring, Ronald was program manager with Environment Canada’s Quebec regional office in Montreal and was involved in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment.

Dr. Zaloum has also worked as an adjunct professor and researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
4440 Gateway Blvd.
Edmonton AB  T6H 5C2

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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$1595 + taxes


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