Distance - Industrial Wastewater Management and Treatment Methods (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

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 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

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability. 


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

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

Adsorption and Ion Exchange

  • Adsorption
  • Ion Exchange

Chemical Treatment

  • CoagulationChemical 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

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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