To provide an understanding of the basic principles of transportation, processing and disposal of water and wastewater. It will trace the flow of water from the source through treatment, storage, distribution, use, waste collection, treatment, and discharge back into the environment.

Where do I start?

We recommend that you start out by browsing this site to find out what's here.  Read over the Course Outline and Course Syllabus.  Then start reading through the Lessons, which walk you through the information.  You may also want to browse through the Topics listed below.  The Topics give short summaries of subjects introduced in the course and are useful references.  

To take the course for credit, you must register with Mountain Empire Community College.  Once you feel comfortable with the information, begin the registration process.  (You will still have to fill out the appropriate forms for MECC.)  Please read the entire tutorial and follow instructions.

After registration for this course, you must complete the initial assignment within one week of entering the class. If the initial assignment is not completed you will be administratively withdrawn from the course. You may either complete the assignment online and submit it to the instructor, or print the assignment and mail or fax it to the instructor. Contact information is given under the Instructor tab.

Purchase your texts:

The next step is to purchase your required texts.  These texts can be purchased through the MECC Bookstore (located in Goodwin Hall).   You may purchase texts in person or by phone at (276) 523-7461. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the MECC Bookstore. Charge cards are accepted. Books can be shipped to your home or office, but there is a shipping charge. When purchasing materials, please make the bookstore aware that you are enrolled in distance education courses.

How the lessons work:

We recommend starting with Lesson 1 and working through the lessons in order. Once you understand a lesson, you should take the lesson's Quiz and do any corresponding assignment.   The course also includes a mid-term and a final exam. All quizzes and tests are open book and open notes and are self-grading. 



You will be asked to Visit two water treatment plants and two wastewater treatment plants as part of the course. You may visit these plants at any time during the course, but you will probably find the visits most useful if you visit the water plants during the water treatment half of the course and the wastewater plants during the wastewater treatment half of the course.

To do a search for particular topics, go to the search engine page. Instructions for best results will be given.