Industrial Wastewater Management and Treatment Methods (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
8:00am - Registration and coffee
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily.
Many of the contaminants in an industrial wastewater are actually raw materials lost from production processes whose recovery would increase process efficiency and reduce wastewater treatment costs.  Therefore, a thorough understanding of production processes and the sources of contaminants in wastewater is needed, as is knowledge of the waste characteristics and treatment options. This course begins with a review of the characterization of dissolved and particulate components of industrial wastewaters and an overview of wastewater management and treatment options. We’ then look at wastewater audits as a means of identifying the sources of contaminants and of quantifying the various components in an industrial wastewater. The concept of an environmental management system will then be examined, as will the legislative and regulatory framework within which industries operate. The theoretical and practical aspects of the design and operation of various treatment processes will be reviewed before we move on to study how these methods are applied in various industrial sectors. 

This two-day course focuses on wastewater management and treatment practices appropriate for industrial wastewaters. The course will cover industrial water quality descriptors; current industrial wastewater management practices; a review of environmental legislation; pretreatment and treatment design theory and practice; and an overview of waste sources, waste minimization opportunities, and waste stream management and treatment in selected industrial sectors.

Target Audience
This course is designed to be accessible to all those involved in the environmental protection aspects of industry; this includes (but is not limited to) environmental protection officers, wastewater treatment operators, engineers, technologists, managers, and representatives of government agencies.

Special Features
In addition to an overview of the challenges involved in industrial wastewater management and treatment, industrial sectors will be profiled to highlight the sources and characteristics of the wastes produced and their management and treatment options.

Material Required
Standard engineering calculator with scientific functions

Ian Buchanan

Ian Buchanan B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. Ian Buchanan has a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, a M.Eng. (thesis-based) in Environmental Engineering, a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from McGill University, and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta (APEGGA). He is an experienced academic and researcher, whose work as an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta in the areas of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment process development, modeling, and optimization has led to two book chapters and over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers, conference presentations, and engineering reports.

Dr. Buchanan has led more than 15 projects funded by industry, research organizations, and government departments. He has taught undergraduate courses in municipal systems engineering, environmental impact assessment, environmental protection, environmental engineering fundamentals, probability and statistics for engineers, and chemical and physical treatment processes. Graduate level courses include industrial wastewater management, biological waste-treatment processes, physical-chemical water and wastewater treatment, and environmental engineering measurements.

Industrial Wastewater Management Overview
Day 1

Industrial Wastewater Management Overview

  • Wastewater Characteristics
  • Wastewater Management and Treatment Options
  • Wastewater Audits
  • Sampling
  • Flow Rate Measurement
  • Mass Balance
  • ISO Environmental Management System

Environmental Legislative Framework

  • Federal Acts
  • Provincial and Municipal Legislation 


  • Equalization
  • Neutralization

Physical Treatment

  • Air Stripping and aeration
  • Sedimentation
  • Flotation
  • Filtration
  • Membrane processes

Day 2

Adsorption and Ion Exchange

  • Adsorption
  • Ion Exchange

Chemical Treatment

  • Coagulation Chemical Treatment
  • Precipitation
  • Oxidation

Biological Treatment

  • Fundamentals of Bioprocesses
  • Aerobic Processes
  • Suspended growth systems
  • Attached growth systems
  • Anaerobic Processes
  • Suspended growth systems
  • Attached growth systems 

Hazardous Waste Management

  • Treatment Methods
  • Physical-chemical
  • Thermal
  • Stabilization
  • Solidification 

Industry Profiles

  • Petroleum refineries
  • Iron and Steel Making
  • Pulp Mills 

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Course Materials

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