Anna Hess
Office: DC117
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 327


*Enrollment Available Anytime for Internet Classes


Course Description

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.


Broad Goals/Specific Objectives

Introduces the student to basic concepts in the field of water and wastewater treatment.
The student will be acquainted with the hydrological cycle, watersheds, tanks, distribution systems, as
well as basic chemistry and math.


  • Students are required to have certain math skills, such as calculate chemical dosages, manipulate formulas and equations, calculate areas and volumes, convert between measuring systems, apply basic math concepts to the profession, calculate volumes from pump running times, calculate averages and geometric means, plot and interpret graphs, and calculate chemical quantities for budget purposes.
  • Certain skills with electrical instrumentation are necessary, such as demonstrate an awareness of personal limitations, recognize electrical process control failures, troubleshoot and problem solve, collect data and make adjustments, apply basic electrical concepts, identify process concepts, assess application of process controls, identify electrical components, demonstrate an awareness of regulations, and practice electrical demand site management.
  • Certain computer skills are required, such as use of an operating system, spreadsheet software, word processing packages, possess a knowledge of PLC at an introductory level, demonstrate keyboarding skills, access data from CD ROM, and use the Internet at a basic level.
  • Students are required to possess certain communication skills, such as speak and understand English fluently, deal with the public in a polite manner, deal with emergency situations, communicate effectively, participate as a team player, demonstrate an awareness of regulator agencies, investigate problems, communicate instructions, demonstrate phone etiquette, resolve conflicts, demonstrate writing skills, fit into the management philosophy of the organization, participate effectively in meetings, demonstrate interview skills, educate public and other stake holders, prepare a resume, deliver a presentation, and deal with the media.
  • Certain safety skills are required, such as demonstrate an awareness of personal responsibilities, use and maintain personal protection equipment, identify safety hazards, demonstrate an awareness of information sources, demonstrate an awareness of confined space entry procedures, use and maintain safety monitoring equipment, demonstrate an awareness of Occupation Health and Safety regulations, describe proper shoring and trenching operations, use and maintain SCBAs, demonstrate an awareness of Alberta First Call procedures, demonstrate an awareness of immunization and personal hygiene, perform first aid and CPR, assist in an accident investigation, participate on safety committees, demonstrate an awareness of substance abuse, develop a safety inspection, repair chlorine cylinder with Kits A and B, and identify piping color codes.
  • Students are required to have certain computer literacy skills, such as using programs, spreadsheets, search for folders, and use the mouse drag and drop technique.



Statement of Instructional Methods

Students are required to read the lessons from the book, along with any lessons that are on the Internet.  Any questions that are on the website are to be answered and sent to Anna Hess at Mountain Empire Community College.  Water/wastewater plant visits are also part of the teaching methods used in this course.



Basic Wastewater Licensure Review  2ND EDITION ($4 + Shipping/Handling from MECC bookstore)

Water Treatment Plant Operation, Volume I and II ($44/each + Shipping/Handling from MECC bookstore)


This textbook can also be purchased from the following address:

                 Office of Water Programs
                 6000 J Street
                 Sacramento,  CA

                 Phone:  916-278-6142