Course detail

Water Treatment Technologies

FCH-MCO_TUVAcad. year: 2018/2019

The properties of natural waters and drinking water treatment, standards of drinking water quality, classification of water treatment processes, disperse systems and their stability, coagulation and aggregation in water treatment, determination of optimal dose of coagulation agent, coagulation kinetics, separation of suspensions, coagulation, stirring, sedimentation, flotation, filration, sorption, membrane processes, deferrization, demanganization, sludge treatment and disposal of water treatment plants, oxidation of organic and inorganic substances in water, disinfection of drinking water, chlorination, dechlorination, ozonization, chlorine dioxide, the effects of UV radiation, biological methods, corrosion and corrosion protection in water distribution systems, water softening and hardening, deacidification, drinking water refinement, check and supervision of technological processes of water treatment

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Acquisition of comprehensive knowledge on technological processes of drinking water treatment of surface and ground water sources. Students will gain insight into the water treatment technology, which will enable them to take positions of either technologists in water treatment plants or junior scientists in water research field. Enough effort is devoted to presentation of emerging technologies and trends in water treatment. This is based on both, foreign literture and personal experience of the teacher. Examples of practical solutions of some real problems of water treatment plants in Czech Republic and Slovakia will enhance the scope of the presentations.


Knowledge from courses Hydrochemistry, Analytical chemistry, Chemical engineering, physical chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

N. Strnadová a V. Janda: Technologie vody I. VŠCHT, Praha 1995, 1999. (CS)
F. Tuček, J. Chudoba a Z. Koníček: Základní procesy a výpočty v technologii vody. SNTL, Praha 1988. (CS)
J. Zábranská a kol. - Laboratorní metody v technologii vody. VŠCHT, Praha 2001. (CS)
McEven J. B. (Ed.) Treatment Process Selection for Particle Removal. AWWARF, Denver, Co, USA 1998. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week, seminars in computer labs - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

oral examination

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1) Composition and properties of natural water from point of view of drinking water treatment technology
2) Drinking water quality requirements, notice of Ministry of public health of Czech Republic, (MZ ČR) č. 252/2004 Sb.
3) Dispersive systems and their stability
4) Coagulation and aggregation in drinking water treatment, kinetics of coagulation
5) Determination of optimal dose of coagulant
6) Significance of mixing for formation of separable aggregates
7) Separation of suspensions (1st separative step - sedimantation), surficial loading
8) Separation of suspensions (1st separative step - claryfiers)
9) Separation of suspensions by filtration, filtration materials, theory of filtration
10) Separation of suspensions by filtration, kinds of filtration and types of filters
11) Duration of filtr cycle and sludge capacity
12) Washing of filters
13) Flotation
14) Membrane processes in drinking water treatment
15) Elimination of iron and manganese from water
16) Sludge treatment in drinking water plants
17) Disinfection of water by chlorination, disinfection by-products
18) Another manners of water desinfection
19) Oxidation of organic matter presents in water
20) Aeration of water and its significance for drinking water treatment
21) Elimination of organic matter by adsorption
22) Biological methods of drinking water treatment. Elimination of ammonia and nitrates


Drinking water treatment processes, technolgies, aparatuses and water quality standards, which enable students to use the knowledge in both, water treatment practice and research.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NKCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NKCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme NPCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NPCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer