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.