Instrumentation and Control for Water & Wastewater Processes

Online /
March 14, 16 and 18, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-0312-ONL22

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days (March 14, 16 and 18, 2022) on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office
This course has met the requirements under O. Reg. 128/04 as Director Approved Continuing Education.

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

  • Integrate operation and control needs
  • Develop SOO (Sequence of operation), P&IDs (Piping and Instrument Diagrams) and BOM (Bill of Materials)
  • Use pressure, flow, temperature and analytical variables for process monitoring and control
  • Coordinate control hardware, HMI and SCADA systems
  • Avoid common errors in selection and application

Effective instrumentation and control systems are critical for the efficient operation of any water or wastewater treatment or pumping facility. Starting with the basic principles and components of instrumentation and control, this course will provide you with practical skills in the specific technologies, applications, and recent trends of I&C, SCADA and related systems.

The need to integrate control systems with process requirements is emphasized. Geared specifically towards individuals in the industry, this course includes workshop problems to help you understand and improve your next instrumentation and control project.

Course Outline:

  • Uses and benefits of instrumentation and control
  • Signal types
  • Discrete instrumentation
  • Basic instruments
  • Analytical instrumentation
  • Final control elements
  • Controllers and control algorithms
  • Pumping applications
  • Aeration and blower applications
  • Documentation and commissioning

Who should attend:
Water and Wastewater Professionals • Plant Managers and Operators • Consulting Engineers involved in Environmental, Electrical or Control Systems • System Integrators

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Day 1

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


  • Definitions and basic equations
  • Fundamental and derived engineering units
  • Categories and classifications of instruments and control elements
  • Integration of processes, instrumentation, automation and controls

Uses and Benefits of Instrumentation and Control Part 1

  • Water treatment processes
  • Monitoring and control opportunities for water treatment
  • Wastewater treatment processes
  • Monitoring and control opportunities for wastewater treatment
  • Telemetry applications for pump stations

Uses and Benefits of Instrumentation and Control Part 2

  • Operational & Economic benefits
  • Examples and case histories

Signal Types

  • Discrete
  • Analog
  • Communications

Discrete Instrumentation

  • Common applications
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Discrete controllers

Basic Instruments

  • Flow
  • Pressure
  • Level
  • Temperature
  • Electrical

Review and Discussion

Day 2
Analytical Instrumentation

  • Distinctions between analytic and conventional instruments
  • Measured parameters
  • Operating principles
  • Maintenance and calibration
  • Application considerations
  • Common application errors
  • Examples and case histories

Final Control Elements

  • Motor fundamentals
  • Motor starters
  • Valve and gate operators
  • Variable frequency drives


  • HMI
  • Recent trends in automation, grey line between PLC/DCS/SCADA
  • Determinism, repeatability, Industrial Ethernet, Wireless communications

Control Algorithms

  • P-I-D
  • Floating control
  • Feed forward vs. feedback

Review and Discussion

Day 3

Pumping Applications

  • Flow rates, pressures, well levels
  • Control and optimization
  • Daily and peak operations

Aeration and Blower Applications

  • Blower control and protection systems
  • DO control
  • Offgas control
  • Nutrient control

Miscellaneous Applications

  • Filters and ClarifiersP09
  • Disinfection

Documentation and Commissioning

  • Keys to operator acceptance
  • How to perform system evaluation and justification
  • Design stages - Sequence of Operation, P&ID, BOM, Instrument lists
  • Specifications, loop descriptions, I/O point lists
  • Process and instrumentation diagrams
  • Elementary diagrams, one line diagrams, loop diagrams
  • Inspection
  • Testing and reporting

Course Wrap-Up and Discussion

  • Trends in technology, water use and energy use
  • Advances in odour mitigation, settling, chemical addition and removal
  • Revisiting Reverse Osmosis
  • Individual operating experiences and challenges

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Final Adjournment


Sam Pherwani, P.Eng., CESCP

Sam Pherwani has 24+ years work experience in Electrical Engineering, Process Controls & Instrumentation and Industrial Automation, Sam brings to EPIC his expertise in the Process Automation/Instrumentation field in Automotive sector with Ford, GM, Honda & Toyota, in the Energy sector with Conoco Phillips, Chevron, Shell, Westinghouse as well as in the Semiconductor industry with Motorola, Samsung & Freescale.

His achievements include design, development, programming, training and completion of several Control Systems projects for Process plants in Manufacturing, Water/Wastewaster, Oil/Gas, Automotive Facilities & Building Management Systems. He is an award recipient of Texas Environmental Excellence in 2004 for Industrial HVAC Energy Conservation. Sam also served as Canadian Engineering Volunteer in Serbia with CESO for system reliability studies, SIL certification.

For the last five years, his focus has been Electrical Code and Arc Flash/Shock mitigation with work at Siemens, Berkeley Lab, NASA, refineries, windfarms and substations across USA and Canada.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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