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Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must it go through to become fit for human consumption? This free course, Potable water treatment, will guide you through the continuous cycling of water between land, open water surfaces and the sea before moving on to an overview of the water treatment and supply process.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- describe the operation and mechanisms of the hydrological cycle
- list and describe the major physical, chemical and biological characteristics of clean fresh water, and explain their effects on aquatic organisms
- explain the mode by which potable water is produced through the processes of screening, microstraining, aeration, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, flotation, filtration and disinfection
- explain how the issues of nitrates, trace organics, fluoridation and plumbo-solvency can be dealt with in potable water supply
- describe the main desalination processes used to produce potable water from saline or brackish sources.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Some facts about water
- 2 The hydrological cycle
- 3 The natural aquatic environment
- 3.1 Water, the medium of life
- 3.2 Dissolved oxygen
- 3.3 Physical characteristics of natural waters
- 3.4 Chemical characteristics of natural waters
- 3.5 Biological characteristics of natural waters
- 4.6 Tidal rivers and estuaries
- 4.7 Summary
- 5 Water treatment
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 Preliminary treatment
- 5.3 Coagulation and flocculation
- 5.4 Sedimentation
- 5.5 Flotation
- 5.6 Filtration
- 5.7 Disinfection
- 5.8 Additional treatment
- 5.9 Membrane filtration
- 5.10 Fluoridation
- 5.11 Plumbo-solvency
- 5.12 Sludge treatment and disposal
- 5.13 Groundwater treatment
- 5.14 Desalination
- 5.15 Summary
- 6 Water supply
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Potable water treatment
This course is from our archive and it is an adapted extract from Environmental Control and Public Health (T210) which is no longer in presentation. If you wish to study formally at The Open University, you may wish to explore the courses we offer in this
Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must it go through to become fit for human consumption? This course will guide you through the continuous cycling of water between land, open water surfaces and the sea before moving on to an overview of the water treatment and supply process.
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Originally published: Thursday, 17th March 2016
Last updated on: Thursday, 17th March 2016
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