Advanced systems for water treatment


The main objective of this discipline is offer technician ground and advanced knowledge in design of  unit operations and processes in water treatment and supply. This discipline appears in sequence and in articulation with outher disciplines, namely  Water Supplying and Treatment Techniques. The studends must acquire an integrated and deepened knowledge relative to the (i) technician beddings, (ii) the several applications and (iii) the pre-design of the unit operations and the complementary processes in water treatment

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Gabriela Lourenço da Silva Féria de Almeida


Weekly - 3

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Not applicable


- Crittenden, J. C., Trussell, R. R., Hand, D. W., Howe, K. J., & Tchobanoglous, G. (2012). MWH''''''''''''''''s water treatment: principles and design. John Wiley & Sons. 

- Spellman, F. R. (2017). The drinking water handbook. CRC Press.

- Metcalf and Eddy, Inc, Asano, T., Burton, F. L., Leverenz, H., Tsuchihashi, R., & Tchobanoglous, G. (2007). Water reuse. McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing.

- Mallevialle, J., Odendaal, P. E., & Wiesner, M. R. (Eds.). (1996). Water treatment membrane processes. American Water Works Association.

- AWWA - Water Quality and Treatment, A Handbook of  Community Water Supplies, Fith Edition, 1999, Mc-Graw-Hill. - HDR Engineering Inc.,

- Handbook of Public Water Systems, Second Edition, 2001, John Wiley. 

Teaching method

The course will develop a theoretical and practical aspects of three hours per week where we  discusses the various topics in the proposed program, including also a more practical perspective where we learn to identify, solve real problems within UC objectives and also the scale unit operations and processes that may be used in the rehabilitation system perspective in the design of new systems using non-conventional technologies.

Evaluation method

The evaluation is performed by 2 tests with duration of 75 min. , to be held inside of class time and one exercice.

Each test will have a contribution of 45% for the final grade anda pratical exercise, 10%.

The curriculum unit to be completed provides the need of the student be present in at least two-thirds of practical classes, a condition required to obtain frequency.

Subject matter

Fundamentals and pre-design of the unit operations and processes of aeration and air stripping, flotation, adsorption, ion exchanges, membrane separation  (microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis), removal of specific contaminants (arsenic, nitrates, iron and manganese, hardness).


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