Innovative Solutions for Water and Wastewater Systems


This course aims to address aspects related to the 21st century environmental challenges and which will be solved, mostly by environmental engineers, or led by them, or where this professional will have a relevant role.

With this course, the student will have acquired knowledge and skills that allow him to solve and adapt the water supply and drainage and wastewater treatment systems, in order to face climate change, both in terms of what is expected to be a sustainable city, or at the level of non-urban systems and, therefore, due to their characteristics, do not share a resilient network.

According to which is expected with the 21st century challenges for environmental engineering, the student will know how to evaluate the urban water cycle as a whole, namely to evaluate energy systems and interrelate them, both in terms of raw water quality and in terms of water quality

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Responsible teacher

Rita Maurício Rodrigues Rosa


Weekly - 2

Total - 38

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-Tchobanoglous, G., et al., (2013): Wastewater engineering: treatment and resource recovery. Vol 1-2. NY, McGraw-Hill.

-Santana, M.V.E, et al., (2014). Influence of Water Quality on the Embodied Energy of Drinking Water Treatment. Environ.Sci.Technol. 48(5), pp3084–3091

-Diniz M., et al., (2010). Assessing the estrogenic potency in a Portuguese wastewater treatment plant using an integrated approach. J.Environ.Sci., vol.22,(10) pp.1613–1622.

-Lofrano, G. (2012). Emerging Compounds Removal from Wastewater: Natural and Solar Based Treatments ISBN: 978-94-007-3915-4

-Rosenfeld, P.E., Feng, L.G.H. (2011). Emerging Contaminants. Risks Hazardous Wastes. P.215-222.

Teaching method

All contents will be made available before classes. The objective will be for the student to follow the class and be prepare for the weekly work. The subjects will be supported by multimedia supports and the students will be organized in groups and each group will have a case study to evaluate and different sources of information that they will have to discuss weekly. During the classes a spokesperson for the group (different weekly) will present the work. At the end of the presentations, the conclusions will be discussed between groups and with the teacher and the connection to the theoretical contents will be made.

With this teaching methodology, the opportunity is provided to develop a critical sense regarding results, concepts and fundamentals in an applied and more up-to-date way.

Evaluation method

The assessment is carried out, through weekly assignments, oral presentations and a test.

Subject matter

-Energy efficiency in water treatment and relationship with the quality of raw water. Energy efficiency in wastewater treatment - from the perspective of the circular economy and climate change;

- Emerging compounds, micro and nanoparticles. Presence and removal in water supply, surface water and wastewater.

- Emergency and temporary water and wastewater treatment systems. Ex: summer festivals.

-Water and wastewater treatment systems in developing countries -Natural systems.

-Consumption of the 21st century - Ex. Consumption in new currencies.

-Sensors era- sensors and their automation and incorporation in the treatment systems


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