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[Frank_R._Spellman] Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

Frank R. Spellman

Handbook of

Water and Wastewater
Treatment Plant


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Water does not divide; it connects. With simplicity it links privatization and the benchmarking process in this text.
all aspects of our existence. On the other hand, how many of us thought security was
a big deal prior to September 11? Some of us did, while
David Rothenberg and Marta Ulvaenus some of us did not give it any thought at all. Today, things
are different; we must adjust or fall behind. In the present
In Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant climate, falling behind on the security of our potable water
Operations, the intent of the author is twofold. The Þrst supplies is not an option. We must aggressively protect
intent is to consolidate the information and experience in our precious water sources and those ancillaries that are
waterworks and wastewater treatment plant operations critical to maintaining and protecting water quality. We
that have evolved as a result of technological advances in cover plant security concerns in this text.
the Þeld, and as a result of the concepts and policies
promulgated by the environmental laws and the subse- There are other current issues. For example, arsenic
quent guidelines. The second intent is to discuss step-by- in drinking water received a lot of coverage in the press
step procedures for the correct and efÞcient operation of recently. We all know that arsenic is a deadly poison,
water and wastewater treatment systems. Tertiary to this depending on dose, of course. Headlines stating that
twofold intent is the proper preparation of operators to arsenic has been found in certain municipal drinking water
qualify for state licensure and certiÞcation examinations. supplies are a red ßag issue to many people. But is it really
an issue? We cover arsenic in drinking water in this text.
With the impetus given to water quality improvement
through the Municipal Construction Grants Program, the Another red ßag issue that has received some press
United States has undertaken an unprecedented building and the attention of regulators is the presence of patho-
program for new and improved water and wastewater treat- genic protozoans, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium,
ment systems. To date, much emphasis has been placed on in drinking water supplies. We cover both of these proto-
training engineers to plan, design, and construct treatment zoans in this text.
facilities. At present, many programs in various engineer-
ing disciplines at many universities offer courses in water In wastewater treatment (as well as water treatment),
and wastewater treatment plant design and operation. a lot of attention has been focused on disinfection by-
products in water efßuents outfalled into receiving water
This text is not about the planning, designing, or con- bodies. We cover disinfection by-products in this text.
struction of water and wastewater treatment facilities.
While these tasks are paramount to conception and con- Water and wastewater treatment is about mitigating
struction of needed facilities and needed infrastructure, the problems mentioned above. However, treatment oper-
many excellent texts are available that cover these impor- ations are about much more. To handle today’s problems,
tant areas. This text is not about engineering at all. Instead, water and wastewater treatment system operators must be
it is about operations and is designed for the operator. We generalists. Herein lies the problem. Many of the texts
often forget the old axiom: someone must build it, but presently available for water and wastewater operator use
once built, someone must operate it. It is the operation of are limited in scope and narrowly focused in content. Most
“it” that concerns us here. of these texts take a bare bones approach to presentation.
That is, the basics of each unit process are usually ade-
Several excellent texts have been written on water and quately covered, but this is the extent of the coverage.
wastewater treatment plant operations. Thus, the logical
question is, why a new text covering a well-trodden road? At present, available texts either ignore, avoid, or pay
cursory attention to such important areas as the multiple-
The compound answer is a text that is comprehensive barrier concept, maintaining infrastructure, benchmarking,
in scope, current, and deals with real world problems plant security, operator roles, water hydraulics, microbi-
involved with plant operations is needed. The simple ology, water ecology, basic electrical principles, pumping,
answer is that after September 11, things have changed. conveyance, ßow measurement, basic water chemistry,
water quality issues, biomonitoring, sampling and testing,
Many of these changes were apparent before Septem- water sources, and watershed protection. All of these
ber 11; at the same time, many of our present needs were important topics are thoroughly discussed in Handbook of
not so apparent. Consider, for example, the need for plants Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations.
to become more efÞcient in operation and more economical
in practice. This is not new, but it now takes on added Though directed at water and wastewater operators,
importance because of the threat of privatization. We cover this book will serve the needs of students; teachers; con-

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sulting engineers; and technical personnel in city, state, the pertinent information for any problems you missed. If
and federal organizations who must review operations and you miss many items, review the whole chapter.
operating procedures. In order to maximize the usefulness
of the material contained in the test, it has been presented The indented notes displayed in various locations
in plain English in a simpliÞed and concise format. Many throughout this text indicate or emphasize important
tables have been developed, using a variety of sources. points to study carefully.

To assure correlation to modern practice and design, This text is accessible to those who have no experience
illustrative problems are presented in terms of commonly with water and wastewater operations. If you work
used operational parameters. through the text systematically, you can acquire an under-
standing of and skill in water and wastewater operations.
Each chapter ends with a chapter review test to help This will add a critical component to your professional
evaluate mastery of the concepts presented. Before going knowledge.
on to the next chapter, take the review test, compare your
answers to the key provided in Appendix A, and review Frank R. Spellman
Norfolk, VA

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PART I Water and Wastewater Operations: An Overview

Chapter 1 Problems Facing Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations

1.1 Introduction
1.2 The Paradigm Shift

1.2.1 A Change in the Way Things are Understood and Done
1.3 Multiple-Barrier Concept

1.3.1 Multiple-Barrier Approach: Wastewater Operations
1.4 Management Problems Facing Water and Wastewater Operations

1.4.1 Compliance with New, Changing, and Existing Regulations
1.4.2 Maintaining Infrastructure
1.4.3 Privatizing and/or Reengineering
1.4.4 Benchmarking Benchmarking: The Process
1.4.5 The Bottom Line on Privatization
1.5 Upgrading Security
1.5.1 The Bottom Line on Security
1.6 Technical Management vs. Professional Management
1.7 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 2 Water and Wastewater Operators and Their Roles

2.1 Water and Wastewater Operators
2.2 Setting the Record Straight

2.2.1 The Computer-Literate Jack
2.2.2 Plant Operators as Emergency Responders
2.2.3 Operator Duties, Numbers, and Working Conditions
2.3 Operator CertiÞcation/Licensure
2.4 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 3 Water and Wastewater References, Models, and Terminology

3.1 Setting the Stage
3.2 Treatment Process Models
3.3 Key Terms Used in Waterworks and Wastewater Operations

3.3.1 Terminology and DeÞnitions
3.4 Chapter Review Question and Problems

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PART II Water/Wastewater Operations: Math and Technical Aspects

Chapter 4 Water and Wastewater Math Operations

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Calculation Steps
4.3 Table of Equivalents, Formulae, and Symbols
4.4 Typical Water and Wastewater Math Operations

4.4.1 Arithmetic Average (or Arithmetic Mean) and Median
4.4.2 Ratio
4.4.3 Percent Practical Percentage Calculations
4.4.4 Units and Conversions Temperature Conversions Milligrams per Liter (Parts per Million)
4.5 Measurements: Areas and Volumes
4.5.1 Area of a Rectangle
4.5.2 Area of a Circle
4.5.3 Area of a Circular or Cylindrical Tank
4.5.4 Volume Calculations Volume of Rectangular Tank Volume of a Circular or Cylindrical Tank Example Volume Problems
4.6 Force, Pressure, and Head
4.7 Flow
4.7.1 Flow Calculations Instantaneous Flow Rates Flow through a Full Pipeline
4.7.2 Velocity Calculations
4.7.3 Average Flow Rate Calculations
4.7.4 Flow Conversion Calculations
4.8 Detention Time
4.8.1 Hydraulic Detention Time Detention Time in Days Detention Time in Hours Detention Time in Minutes
4.9 Chemical Dosage Calculations
4.9.1 Chlorine Dosage
4.9.2 Hypochlorite Dosage
4.10 Percent Removal
4.11 Population Equivalent or Unit Loading Factor
4.12 SpeciÞc Gravity
4.13 Percent Volatile Matter Reduction in Sludge
4.14 Horsepower
4.14.1 Water Horsepower
4.14.2 Brake Horsepower
4.14.3 Motor Horsepower
4.15 Electrical Power
4.16 Chemical Coagulation and Sedimentation
4.16.1 Calculating Feed Rate
4.16.2 Calculating Solution Strength
4.17 Filtration
4.17.1 Calculating the Rate of Filtration
4.17.2 Filter Backwash

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4.18 Practical Water Distribution System Calculations
4.18.1 Water Flow Velocity
4.18.2 Storage Tank Calculations
4.18.3 Distribution System Disinfection Calculations

4.19 Complex Conversions
4.19.1 Concentration to Quantity Concentration (Milligrams per Liter) to Pounds Concentration (Milligrams per Liter) to Pounds/Day Concentration (Milligrams per Liter) to Kilograms per Day Concentration (milligrams/kilogram) to pounds/ton
4.19.2 Quantity to Concentration Pounds to Concentration (Milligrams per Liter) Pounds per Day to Concentration (Milligrams per Liter) Kilograms per Day to Concentration (Milligrams per Liter)
4.19.3 Quantity to Volume or Flow Rate Pounds to Tank Volume (Million Gallons) Pounds per Day to Flow (Million Gallons per Day) Kilograms per Day to Flow (Million Gallons per Day)

4.20 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 5 Water Hydraulics

5.1 What is Water Hydraulics?
5.2 Basic Concepts

5.2.1 Stevin’s Law
5.3 Properties of Water

5.3.1 Density and SpeciÞc Gravity
5.4 Force and Pressure

5.4.1 Hydrostatic Pressure
5.4.2 Effects of Water under Pressure
5.5 Head
5.5.1 Static Head
5.5.2 Friction Head
5.5.3 Velocity Head
5.5.4 Total Dynamic Head (Total System Head)
5.5.5 Pressure/Head
5.5.6 Head/Pressure
5.6 Flow/Discharge Rate: Water in Motion
5.6.1 Area/Velocity
5.6.2 Pressure/Velocity
5.7 Piezometric Surface and Bernoulli’s Theorem
5.7.1 Law of Conservation of Energy
5.7.2 Energy Head
5.7.3 Piezometric Surface Head Loss Hydraulic Grade Line
5.7.4 Bernoulli’s Theorem Bernoulli’s Equation
5.8 Hydraulic Machines (Pumps)
5.8.1 Pumping Hydraulics
5.9 Well and Wet Well Hydraulics
5.9.1 Well Hydraulics
5.9.2 Wet Well Hydraulics

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5.10 Friction Head Loss
5.10.1 Flow in Pipelines
5.10.2 Pipe and Open Flow Basics
5.10.3 Major Head Loss Components of Major Head Loss Calculating Major Head Loss
5.10.4 Minor Head Loss

5.11 Basic Piping Hydraulics
5.11.1 Piping Networks Energy Losses in Pipe Networks Pipes in Series Pipes in Parallel

5.12 Open-Channel Flow
5.12.1 Characteristics of Open-Channel Flow Laminar and Turbulent Flow Uniform and Varied Flow Critical Flow Parameters Used in Open-Channel Flow
5.12.2 Open-Channel Flow Calculations
5.12.3 Open-Channel Flow: The Bottom Line

5.13 Flow Measurement
5.13.1 Flow Measurement: The Old-Fashioned Way
5.13.2 Basis of Traditional Flow Measurement
5.13.3 Flow Measuring Devices Differential Pressure Flowmeters Magnetic Flowmeters Ultrasonic Flowmeters Velocity Flowmeters Positive-Displacement Flowmeters
5.13.4 Open-Channel Flow Measurement Weirs Flumes

5.14 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 6 Fundamentals of Electricity

6.1 Electricity: What Is It?
6.2 Nature of Electricity
6.3 The Structure of Matter
6.4 Conductors, Semiconductors, and Insulators
6.5 Static Electricity

6.5.1 Charged Bodies
6.5.2 Coulomb’s Law
6.5.3 Electrostatic Fields
6.6 Magnetism
6.6.1 Magnetic Materials
6.6.2 Magnetic Earth
6.7 Difference in Potential
6.7.1 The Water Analogy
6.7.2 Principal Methods of Producing Voltage
6.8 Current
6.9 Resistance
6.10 Battery-Supplied Electricity

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6.10.1 The Voltaic Cell
6.10.2 Primary and Secondary Cells
6.10.3 Battery Battery Operation Combining Cells
6.10.4 Types of Batteries Dry Cell Lead-Acid Battery Alkaline Cell Nickel-Cadmium Cell Mercury Cell Battery Characteristics
6.11 The Simple Electrical Circuit
6.11.1 Schematic Representation
6.12 Ohm’s law
6.13 Electrical Power
6.13.1 Electrical Power Calculations
6.14 Electrical Energy
6.15 Series DC Circuit Characteristics
6.15.1 Series Circuit Resistance
6.15.2 Series Circuit Current
6.15.3 Series Circuit Voltage
6.15.4 Series Circuit Power
6.15.5 Summary of the Rules for Series DC Circuits
6.15.6 General Series Circuit Analysis Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law
6.16 Ground
6.17 Open and Short Circuits
6.18 Parallel DC Circuits
6.18.1 Parallel Circuit Characteristics
6.18.2 Voltage in Parallel Circuits
6.18.3 Current in Parallel Circuits
6.18.4 Parallel Circuits and Kirchhoff’s Current Law
6.18.5 Parallel Circuit Resistance Reciprocal Method Product over the Sum Method Reduction to an Equivalent Circuit
6.18.6 Power in Parallel Circuits
6.18.7 Rules for Solving Parallel DC Circuits
6.19 Series-Parallel Circuits
6.19.1 Solving a Series-Parallel Circuit
6.20 Conductors
6.20.1 Unit Size of Conductors Square Mil Circular Mil Circular-Mil-Foot Resistivity Wire Measurement
6.20.2 Factors Governing the Selection of Wire Size Copper vs. Other Metal Conductors Temperature CoefÞcient
6.20.3 Conductor Insulation
6.20.4 Conductor Splices and Terminal Connections
6.20.5 Soldering Operations

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6.20.6 Solderless Connections
6.20.7 Insulation Tape
6.21 Electromagnetism
6.21.1 Magnetic Field around a Single Conductor
6.21.2 Polarity of a Single Conductor
6.21.3 Field around Two Parallel Conductors
6.21.4 Magnetic Field of a Coil Polarity of an Electromagnetic Coil Strength of an Electromagnetic Field
6.21.5 Magnetic Units
6.21.6 Properties of Magnetic Materials Permeability Hysteresis
6.21.7 Electromagnets
6.22 AC Theory
6.22.1 Basic AC Generator Cycle Frequency, Period, and Wavelength
6.22.2 Characteristic Values of AC Voltage and Current Peak Amplitude Peak-to-Peak Amplitude Instantaneous Amplitude Effective or Root-Mean-Square Value Average Value
6.22.3 Resistance in AC Circuits
6.22.4 Phase Relationships
6.23 Inductance
6.23.1 Self-Inductance
6.23.2 Mutual Inductance
6.23.3 Calculation of Total Inductance
6.24 Practical Electrical Applications
6.24.1 Electrical Power Generation
6.24.2 DC Generators
6.24.3 AC Generators
6.24.4 Motors DC Motors AC Motors
6.24.5 Transformers
6.24.6 Power Distribution System Protection Fuses Circuit Breakers Control Devices
6.25 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 7 Hydraulic Machines: Pumps

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Archimedes’ Screw
7.3 Pumping Hydraulics

7.3.1 DeÞnitions
7.4 Basic Principles of Water Hydraulics

7.4.1 Weight of Air
7.4.2 Weight of Water
7.4.3 Weight of Water Related to the Weight of Air
7.4.4 Water at Rest

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7.4.5 Gauge Pressure
7.4.6 Water in Motion Discharge The Law of Continuity
7.4.7 Pipe Friction
7.5 Basic Pumping Calculations
7.5.1 Pumping Rates
7.5.2 Calculating Head Loss
7.5.3 Calculating Head
7.5.4 Calculating Horsepower and EfÞciency Hydraulic Horsepower Pump EfÞciency and Brake Horsepower
7.5.5 SpeciÞc Speed
7.6 Pump Characteristic Curves
7.6.1 Head-Capacity Curve
7.6.2 The Power-Capacity Curve
7.6.3 The EfÞciency-Capacity (E-Q) Curve
7.7 Pumps in Series and Parallel
7.8 Considerations for Pumping Wastewater
7.9 Types of Pumps Used in Water and Wastewater Treatment
7.10 Introduction to Centrifugal Pumps
7.10.1 Description
7.10.2 Theory
7.10.3 Types of Centrifugal Pumps Radial Flow Impeller Pumps Mixed Flow Impeller Pumps Axial Flow Impeller Pumps (Propeller Pump)
7.10.4 Characteristics and Performance Curves Head-Capacity Curve EfÞciency Curve Brake Horsepower Curves
7.10.5 Advantages and Disadvantages of a Centrifugal Pump Advantages Disadvantages
7.10.6 Water and Wastewater Applications
7.11 Centrifugal Pump Components
7.11.1 Casing Solid Casing Split Casings
7.11.2 Impeller Semiopen Impeller Open Impeller Closed Impeller
7.11.3 Wear Rings
7.11.4 Shafts, Sleeves, and Couplings Shafting Sleeves Couplings
7.11.5 StufÞng Box and Seals StufÞng Box or Packing Assembly Mechanical Seals
7.11.6 Bearings Self-Aligning Double-Row Ball Bearing Single- or Double-Row Antifriction Ball Bearing Angular Contact Bearings

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7.12 Centrifugal Pump: Operational Procedures
7.12.1 Installation
7.12.2 Start-Up Start-Up Procedure
7.12.3 Normal Operation
7.12.4 Shutdown
7.12.5 Priming Priming Procedure
7.12.6 Backßushing Backßush Procedure
7.12.7 Manual Removal Procedure
7.13 Centrifugal Pump: Maintenance Procedures
7.13.1 Pump and Motor Lubrication
7.13.2 Packing and Seal Replacement Packing Procedure Mechanical Seal Installation Procedure
7.13.3 Pump and Motor Bearing Inspection
7.13.4 Shaft and Coupling Alignment Alignment Procedure Removal of Obstructions
7.14 Centrifugal Pumps Preventive Maintenance
7.14.1 Daily Maintenance
7.14.2 Weekly Maintenance
7.14.3 Monthly Maintenance
7.14.4 Quarterly Maintenance
7.14.5 Semiannual Maintenance
7.15 Centrifugal Pump Lubrication
7.15.1 Purpose of Lubrication Separates Surfaces Prevents Wear Cushions Shock Transfers Heat Corrosion Protection Protective Seal
7.15.2 Lubrication Requirements
7.15.3 Lubrication Procedures Motor Bearing Lubrication Pump Bearing Lubrication
7.16 Centrifugal Pump: Troubleshooting
7.16.1 The Troubleshooter
7.16.2 Troubleshooting: What Is It?
7.16.3 Goals of Troubleshooting
7.16.4 The Troubleshooting Process
7.16.5 Troubleshooting the Centrifugal Pump Pump Fails to Prime or Loses its Prime Pump Does Not Discharge Pump Does Not Deliver Rated Capacity Pump Does Not Deliver SufÞcient Pressure Pump Starts and Stops Pumping Pump Overloads Driver or Consumes Excessive Power Pump Is Noisy or Has Extensive Vibration Packing Has a Short Life

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7.17 Centrifugal Pump ModiÞcations
7.17.1 Submersible Pumps Applications Advantages Disadvantages
7.17.2 Recessed Impeller or Vortex Pumps Applications Advantages Disadvantages
7.17.3 Turbine Pumps Application Advantages Disadvantages
7.18 Positive-Displacement Pumps
7.18.1 Reciprocating Pumps Diaphragm Pumps Metering Pumps Rotary Pumps Progressive-Cavity Pump Special Purpose Pumps
7.19 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 8 Water and Wastewater Conveyance

8.1 Delivering the Lifeblood of Civilization
8.2 Conveyance Systems

8.2.1 DeÞnitions
8.2.2 Fluids vs. Liquids
8.2.3 Maintaining Fluid Flow in Piping Systems Scaling
8.2.4 Piping System Maintenance
8.2.5 Valves
8.2.6 Piping System Accessories
8.2.7 Piping Systems: Temperature Effects
8.2.8 Piping Systems: Insulation
8.3 Metallic Piping
8.3.1 Piping Materials
8.3.2 Piping: The Basics Pipe Sizes Pipe Wall Thickness Piping ClassiÞcation
8.3.3 Types of Piping Systems Code for IdentiÞcation of Pipelines
8.3.4 Metallic Piping Materials Characteristics of Metallic Materials
8.3.5 Maintenance Characteristics of Metallic Piping Expansion and Flexibility Pipe Support Systems Valve Selection Isolation

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8.3.6 Joining Metallic Pipe Bell-and-Spigot Joints Screwed or Threaded Joints Flanged Joints Welded Joints Soldered and Brazed Joints
8.4 Nonmetallic Piping
8.4.1 Nonmetallic Piping Materials Clay Pipe Concrete Pipe Plastic Pipe
8.5 Tubing
8.5.1 Tubing vs. Piping: The Difference Tubing
8.5.2 Advantages of Tubing Tubing: Mechanical Advantages Chemical Advantages
8.5.3 Connecting Tubing Cutting Tubing Soldering Tubing Connecting Flared/Nonßared Joints
8.5.4 Bending Tubing
8.5.5 Types of Tubing Typical Tubing Applications
8.6 Industrial Hoses
8.6.1 Hose Nomenclature
8.6.2 Factors Governing Hose Selection
8.6.3 Standards, Codes, and Sizes Hose Size
8.6.4 Hose ClassiÞcations Nonmetallic Hoses Metallic Hoses
8.6.5 Hose Couplings
8.6.6 Hose Maintenance
8.7 Pipe and Tube Fittings
8.7.1 Fittings
8.7.2 Functions of Fittings Changing the Direction of Flow Providing Branch Connections Changing the Sizes of Lines Sealing Lines Connecting Lines
8.7.3 Types of Connections Screwed Fittings Flanged Connections Connections
8.7.4 Tubing Fittings and Connections
8.8 Valves
8.8.1 Valve Construction
8.8.2 Types of Valves

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8.8.3 Valve Operators Pneumatic and Hydraulic Valve Operators Magnetic Valve Operators
8.8.4 Valve Maintenance
8.9 Piping System: Protective Devices
8.9.1 Applications
8.9.2 Strainers
8.9.3 Filters
8.9.4 Traps Trap Maintenance and Testing
8.10 Piping Ancillaries
8.10.1 Gauges Pressure Gauges
8.10.2 Vacuum Breakers
8.10.3 Accumulators
8.10.4 Air Receivers
8.10.5 Heat Exchangers
8.11 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 9 Flow Measurement

9.1 Introduction
9.2 Methods of Measuring Flow

9.2.1 Weirs
9.2.2 The Oscillating Disk Water Meter
9.2.3 Flumes
9.2.4 Venturi Meter
9.2.5 Magnetic Flowmeter
9.3 Flow Measurement Calculations
9.3.1 Calculation Method Used for Fill and Draw Technique
9.3.2 Calculation Method Used for Velocity/Area Technique
9.3.3 Calculation Method Used for V-Notch Weirs
9.3.4 Weir Overßow (Weir Loading Rate)
9.3.5 Calculation Method for Parshall Flume
9.3.6 Typical Flow Measurement Practice Calculations
9.4 Flow Measurement Operational Problems
9.5 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

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Part III Characteristics of Water

Chapter 10 Basic Water Chemistry

10.1 Introduction
10.2 Chemistry Concepts and DeÞnitions

10.2.1 Concepts
10.2.2 DeÞnitions
10.3 Water Chemistry Fundamentals
10.3.1 Matter The Content of Matter: The Elements
10.3.2 Compound Substances
10.4 The Water Molecule
10.5 Water Solutions
10.6 Water Constituents
10.6.1 Solids
10.6.2 Turbidity
10.6.3 Color
10.6.4 Dissolved Oxygen
10.6.5 Metals
10.6.6 Organic Matter
10.6.7 Inorganic Matter Acids Bases Salts
10.7 pH
10.8 Alkalinity
10.9 Hardness
10.10 Water and Wastewater Chemicals and Chemical Processes
10.10.1 Odor Control (Wastewater Treatment)
10.10.2 Disinfection
10.10.3 Chemical Precipitation
10.10.4 Adsorption
10.10.5 Coagulation
10.10.6 Taste and Odor Removal
10.10.7 Water Softening
10.10.8 Recarbonation
10.10.9 Ion Exchange Softening
10.10.10 Scaling and Corrosion Control
10.11 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 11 Water Microbiology

11.1 Introduction
11.2 Microbiology: What Is It?
11.3 Water and Wastewater Microorganisms

11.3.1 Key Terms
11.3.2 Microorganisms (in General)
11.3.3 ClassiÞcation
11.3.4 Differentiation
11.3.5 The Cell Structure of the Bacterial Cell

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11.4 Bacteria
11.4.1 Bacterial Growth Factors
11.4.2 Destruction of Bacteria
11.4.3 Waterborne Bacteria

11.5 Protozoa
11.6 Microscopic Crustaceans
11.7 Viruses
11.8 Algae
11.9 Fungi
11.10 Nematodes and Flatworms (Worms)
11.11 Pathogenic Protozoa and Helminths (Water)

11.11.1 Pathogenic Protozoa Giardia Cryptosporidium Cyclospora

11.11.2 Helminths
11.12 Biological Aspects and Processes (Wastewater)

11.12.1 Aerobic Process
11.12.2 Anaerobic Process
11.12.3 Anoxic Process
11.12.4 Photosynthesis
11.12.5 Growth Cycles
11.12.6 Biogeochemical Cycles Carbon Cycle Nitrogen Cycle Sulfur Cycle Phosphorus Cycle
11.13 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 12 Water Ecology

12.1 Introduction
12.2 Setting the Stage
12.3 Ecology Terms

12.3.1 DeÞnition of Terms
12.4 Levels of Organization
12.5 Ecosystem
12.6 Energy Flow in the Ecosystem
12.7 Food Chain EfÞciency
12.8 Ecological Pyramids
12.9 Productivity
12.10 Population Ecology
12.11 Stream Genesis and Structure

12.11.1 Water Flow in a Stream
12.11.2 Stream Water Discharge
12.11.3 Transport of Material
12.11.4 Characteristics of Stream Channels
12.11.5 Stream ProÞles
12.11.6 Sinuosity
12.11.7 Bars, Rifßes, and Pools
12.11.8 The Floodplain
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12.11.10 Types of Adaptive Changes
12.11.11 SpeciÞc Adaptations
12.12 Benthic Life: An Overview
12.12.1 Benthic Plants and Animals
12.13 Benthic Macroinvertebrates
12.13.1 IdentiÞcation of Benthic Macroinvertebrates
12.13.2 Macroinvertebrates and the Food Web
12.13.3 Units of Organization
12.13.4 Typical Running Water Benthic Macroinvertebrates
12.14 Insect Macroinvertebrates
12.14.1 Mayßies (Order: Ephemeroptera)
12.14.2 Stoneßies (Order: Plecoptera)
12.14.3 Caddisßies (Order: Trichoptera)
12.14.4 True Flies (Order: Diptera)
12.14.5 Beetles (Order: Coleoptera)
12.14.6 Water Strider (Jesus bugs; Order: Hemiptera)
12.14.7 Alderßies and Dobsonßies (Order: Megaloptera)
12.14.8 Dragonßies and Damselßies (Order: Odonata)
12.15 Noninsect Macroinvertebrates
12.15.1 Oligochaeta (Family: TuiÞcidae; Genus: Tubifex)
12.15.2 Hirudinea (Leeches)
12.14.3 Gastropoda (Lung-Breathing Snail)
12.16 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 13 Water Quality

13.1 Introduction
13.2 The Water Cycle
13.3 Water Quality Standards

13.3.1 Clean Water Act (1972)
13.3.2 Safe Drinking Water Act (1974)
13.4 Water Quality Characteristics of Water and Wastewater
13.4.1 Physical Characteristics of Water and Wastewater Solids Turbidity Color Taste and Odor Temperature
13.4.2 Chemical Characteristics of Water Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Alkalinity Hardness Fluoride Metals Organics Nutrients
13.4.3 Chemical Characteristics of Wastewater Organic Substances Inorganic Substances
13.4.4 Biological Characteristics of Water and Wastewater Bacteria Viruses Protozoa Worms (Helminths)

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13.5 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 14 Biomonitoring, Monitoring, Sampling, and Testing

14.1 What Is Biomonitoring?
14.1.1 Biotic Indices (Streams) Benthic Macroinvertebrate Biotic Index

14.2 Biological Sampling (Streams)
14.2.1 Biological Sampling: Planning
14.2.2 Sampling Stations
14.2.3 Sample Collection Macroinvertebrate Sampling Equipment Macroinvertebrate Sampling: Rocky-Bottom Streams Macroinvertebrate Sampling: Muddy-Bottom Streams
14.2.4 Postsampling Routine Sampling Devices
14.2.5 The Bottom Line on Biological Sampling

14.3 Water Quality Monitoring (Drinking Water)
14.3.1 Is the Water Good or Bad?
14.3.2 State Water Quality Standards Programs
14.3.3 Designing a Water Quality Monitoring Program
14.3.4 General Preparation and Sampling Considerations Method A: General Preparation of Sampling Containers Method B: Acid Wash Procedures
14.3.5 Sample Types
14.3.6 Collecting Samples from a Stream Whirl-pak® Bags Screw-Cap Bottles
14.3.7 Sample Preservation and Storage
14.3.8 Standardization of Methods

14.4 Test Methods (Drinking Water and Wastewater)
14.4.1 Titrimetric Methods
14.4.2 Colorimetric Methods
14.4.3 Visual Methods
14.4.4 Electronic Methods
14.4.5 Dissolved Oxygen Testing Sampling and Equipment Considerations Dissolved Oxygen Test Methods
14.4.6 Biochemical Oxygen Demand Testing Sampling Considerations BOD Sampling, Analysis, and Testing
14.4.7 Temperature Measurement Sampling and Equipment Considerations
14.4.8 Hardness Measurement Measuring Hardness
14.4.9 pH Measurement Analytical and Equipment Considerations pH Meters pH Pocket Pals and Color Comparators

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14.4.10 Turbidity Measurement Sampling and Equipment Considerations Using a Secchi Disk Transparency Tube

14.4.11 Orthophosphate Measurement Forms of Phosphorus The Phosphorus Cycle Testing Phosphorus Sampling and Equipment Considerations Ascorbic Acid Method for Determining Orthophosphate

14.4.12 Nitrates Measurement Sampling and Equipment Considerations Cadmium Reduction Method Nitrate Electrode Method

14.4.13 Solids Measurement Solids Sampling and Equipment Considerations Total Suspended Solids Volatile Suspended Solids Testing

14.4.14 Conductivity Testing Sampling, Testing, and Equipment Considerations

14.4.15 Total Alkalinity Analytical and Equipment Considerations Burets, Titrators, and Digital Titrators for Measuring Alkalinity

14.4.16 Fecal Coliform Bacteria Testing Fecal Coliforms: General Information Fecal Coliforms Sampling Requirements Sampling and Equipment Considerations Fecal Coliform Testing

14.4.17 Apparent Color Testing/Analysis
14.4.18 Odor Analysis of Water
14.4.19 Chlorine Residual Testing/Analysis DPD-Spectrophotometric DPD-FAS Titration Titrimetric–Amperometric Direct Titration
14.4.20 Fluorides
14.5 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Part IV Water and Water Treatment

Chapter 15 Potable Water Sources

15.1 Introduction
15.1.1 Key Terms and DeÞnitions
15.1.2 Hydrologic Cycle

15.2 Sources of Water
15.3 Surface Water

15.3.1 Advantages and Disadvantages of Surface Water
15.3.2 Surface Water Hydrology
15.3.3 Raw Water Storage
15.3.4 Surface Water Intakes
15.3.5 Surface Water Screens
15.3.6 Surface Water Quality

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15.4 Groundwater
15.4.1 Groundwater Quality

15.6 Surface Water Quality and Treatment Requirements
15.7 Public Water System Use Requirements
15.8 Well Systems

15.8.1 Well Site Requirements
15.8.2 Types of Wells Shallow Wells Deep Wells
15.8.3 Components of a Well Well Casing Grout Well Pad Sanitary Seal Well Screen Casing Vent Drop Pipe Miscellaneous Well Components
15.8.4 Well Evaluation
15.8.5 Well Pumps
15.8.6 Routine Operation and Record Keeping Requirements Well Log
15.8.7 Well Maintenance Troubleshooting Well Problems
15.8.8 Well Abandonment
15.9 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 16 Watershed Protection

16.1 Introduction
16.2 Current Issues in Water Management
16.3 What is a Watershed?
16.4 Water Quality Impact
16.5 Watershed Protection and Regulations
16.6 A Watershed Protection Plan
16.7 Reservoir Management Practices
16.8 Watershed Management Practices
16.9 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 17 Water Treatment Operations and Unit Processes

17.1 Introduction
17.2 Waterworks Operators
17.3 Purpose of Water Treatment
17.4 Stages of Water Treatment
17.5 Pretreatment

17.5.1 Aeration
17.5.2 Screening
17.5.3 Chemical Addition Chemical Solutions Chemical Feeders Chemical Feeder Calibration

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17.6 Coagulation
17.6.1 Jar Testing Procedure
17.7 Flocculation
17.8 Sedimentation
17.9 Filtration
17.9.1 Types of Filter Technologies Slow Sand Filters Rapid Sand Filters Pressure Filter Systems Diatomaceous Earth Filters Direct Filtration Alternate Filters
17.9.2 Common Filter Problems
17.9.3 Filtration and Compliance with Turbidity Requirements (IESWTR) Regulatory Requirements Individual Filter Monitoring Reporting and Record Keeping Additional Compliance Issues
17.10 Disinfection
17.10.1 Need for Disinfection in Water Treatment.
17.10.2 Pathogens of Primary Concern Bacteria Viruses Protozoa
17.10.3 Recent Waterborne Outbreaks E. coli Giardia lamblia Cryptosporidium Legionella pneumophila
17.10.4 Mechanism of Pathogen Inactivation
17.10.5 Other Uses of Disinfectants in Water Treatment Minimization of DBP Formation Control of Nuisance Asiatic Clams and Zebra Mussels Oxidation of Iron and Manganese Prevention of Regrowth in the Distribution System and Maintenance of

Biological Stability Removal of Taste and Odors through Chemical Oxidation Improvement of Coagulation and Filtration EfÞciency Prevention of Algal Growth in Sedimentation Basins and Filters Removal of Color
17.10.6 Types of DBPs and Disinfection Residuals Disinfection By-Product Formation DBP Control Strategies CT Factor
17.10.7 Pathogen Inactivation vs. DBP Formation
17.10.8 Disinfectant Residual Regulatory Requirements
17.10.9 Summary of Current National Disinfection Practices
17.10.10 Summary of Methods of Disinfection
17.10.11 Chlorination Chlorine Terms Chlorine Chemistry Breakpoint Chlorination

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17.11 Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water
17.11.1 Arsenic and Water
17.11.2 Arsenic Removal Technologies Prescriptive Processes Adsorptive Processes Membrane Processes Alternative Technologies
17.12 Who is Ultimately Responsible for Drinking Water Quality?
17.13 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Chapter 18 Wastewater Treatment

18.1 Wastewater Operators
18.1.1 The Wastewater Treatment Process: The Model

18.2 Wastewater Terminology and DeÞnitions
18.2.1 Terminology and DeÞnitions

18.3 Measuring Plant Performance
18.3.1 Plant Performance and EfÞciency
18.3.2 Unit Process Performance and EfÞciency
18.3.3 Percent Volatile Matter Reduction in Sludge

18.4 Hydraulic Detention Time
18.4.1 Detention Time in Days
18.4.2 Detention Time in Hours
18.4.3 Detention Time in Minutes

18.5 Wastewater Sources and Characteristics
18.5.1 Wastewater Sources Generation of Wastewater
18.5.2 ClassiÞcation of Wastewater
18.5.3 Wastewater Characteristics Physical Characteristics Chemical Characteristics Biological Characteristics and Processes

18.6 Wastewater Collection Systems
18.6.1 Gravity Collection System
18.6.2 Force Main Collection System
18.6.3 Vacuum System
18.6.4 Pumping Stations Wet Well–Dry Well Pumping Stations Wet Well Pumping Stations Pneumatic Pumping Stations Pumping Station Wet Well Calculations

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18.7 Preliminary Treatment
18.7.1 Screening Manually Cleaned Screens Mechanically Cleaned Screens Safety Screenings Removal Computations
18.7.2 Shredding Comminution Barminution
18.7.3 Grit Removal Gravity and Velocity Controlled Grit Removal Grit Removal Calculations
18.7.4 Preaeration Operational Observations, Problems, and Troubleshooting
18.7.5 Chemical Addition Operational Observations, Problems, and Troubleshooting
18.7.6 Equalization Operational Observations, Problems, andTroubleshooting
18.7.7 Aerated Systems
18.7.8 Cyclone Degritter
18.7.9 Preliminary Treatment Sampling and Testing
18.7.10 Other Preliminary Treatment Process Control Calculations

18.8 Primary Treatment (Sedimentation)
18.8.1 Process Description Overview of Primary Treatment
18.8.2 Types of Sedimentation Tanks Septic Tanks Two-Story (Imhoff) Tank Plain Settling Tanks (ClariÞers)
18.8.3 Operator Observations, Process Problems, and Troubleshooting Primary ClariÞcation: Normal Operation Primary ClariÞcation: Operational Parameters (Normal Observations)
18.8.4 Process Control Calculations Percent Removal Detention Time Surface Loading Rate (Surface Settling Rate and Surface Overßow Rate) Weir Overßow Rate (Weir Loading Rate) Sludge Pumping BOD and Suspended Solids Removal
18.8.5 Problem Analysis
18.8.6 Efßuent from Settling Tanks

18.9 Secondary Treatment
18.9.1 Treatment Ponds Types of Ponds Process Control Calculations (Stabilization Ponds)
18.9.2 Trickling Filters Trickling Filter DeÞnitions Trickling Filter Equipment Filter ClassiÞcations Standard Operating Procedures General Process Description Operator Observations, Process Problems, and Troubleshooting Process Calculations

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18.9.3 Rotating Biological Contactors RBC Equipment RBC Operation RBC: Expected Performance Operator Observations, Process Problems, and Troubleshooting RBC: Process Control Calculations

18.10 Activated Sludge
18.10.1 Activated Sludge Terminology
18.10.2 Activated Sludge Process: Equipment Aeration Tank Aeration Settling Tank Return Sludge Waste Sludge
18.10.3 Overview of Activated Sludge Process
18.10.4 Activated Sludge Process: Factors Affecting Operation Growth Curve
18.10.5 Activated Sludge Formation
18.10.6 Activated Sludge: Performance-Controlling Factors Aeration Alkalinity Nutrients pH Temperature Toxicity Hydraulic Loading Organic Loading
18.10.7 Activated Sludge ModiÞcations Conventional Activated Sludge Step Aeration Complete Mix Pure Oxygen Contact Stabilization Extended Aeration Oxidation Ditch
18.10.8 Activated Sludge: Process Control Parameters Alkalinity Dissolved Oxygen pH Mixed Liquor Suspended Solids, Mixed Liquor Volatile Suspended Solids,
and Mixed Liquor Total Suspended Solids Return Activated Sludge Rate and Concentration Waste Activated Sludge Flow Rate Temperature Sludge Blanket Depth
18.10.9 Operational Control Levels Inßuent Characteristics Industrial Contributions Process Sidestreams Seasonal Variations Control Levels at Start-Up
18.10.10 Operator Observations: Inßuent and Aeration Tank Visual Indicators: Inßuent and Aeration Tank Final Settling Tank (ClariÞer) Observations

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18.10.11 Process Control Testing and Sampling Aeration Inßuent Sampling Aeration Tank Settling Tank Inßuent Settling Tank Settling Tank Efßuent Return Activated Sludge and Waste Activated Sludge

18.10.12 Process Control Adjustments
18.10.13 Troubleshooting Operational Problems
18.10.14 Process Control Calculations Settled Sludge Volume Estimated Return Rate Sludge Volume Index Waste Activated Sludge Food to Microorganism Ratio (F:M Ratio) Mean Cell Residence Time (MCRT) Mass Balance
18.10.15 Solids Concentration: Secondary ClariÞer
18.10.16 Activated Sludge Process Record Keeping Requirements
18.11 Disinfection of Wastewater
18.11.1 Chlorine Disinfection Chlorination Terminology Wastewater Chlorination: Facts and Process Description Chlorination Equipment Chlorination: Operation Troubleshooting Operational Problems Dechlorination Chlorination Environmental Hazards and Safety Chlorine: Safe Work Practice Chlorination Process Calculations
18.11.2 UV Irradiation
18.11.3 Ozonation
18.11.4 Bromine Chloride
18.11.5 No Disinfection
18.12 Advanced Wastewater Treatment
18.12.1 Chemical Treatment Operation, Observation, and Troubleshooting Procedures
18.12.2 Microscreening Operation, Observation, and Troubleshooting Procedures
18.12.3 Filtration Filtration Process Description Operation, Observation, and Troubleshooting Procedures
18.12.4 Biological NitriÞcation Operation, Observation, and Troubleshooting Procedures
18.12.5 Biological Denitrifcation Observation, Operation, and Troubleshooting Procedures
18.12.6 Carbon Adsorption Operation, Observation, and Troubleshooting Procedures
18.12.7 Land Application Types or Modes of Land Application
18.12.8 Biological Nutrient Removal
18.13 Solids (Sludge or Biosolids) Handling
18.13.1 Sludge: Background Information Sources of Sludge Sludge Characteristics

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18.13.2 Sludge Thickening Gravity Thickening Flotation Thickening Solids Concentrators
18.13.3 Sludge Stabilization Aerobic Digestion Anaerobic Digestion Other Sludge Stabilization Processes
18.13.4 Sludge Dewatering Sand Drying Beds Rotary Vacuum Filtration Pressure Filtration Centrifugation Sludge Incineration Land Application of Biosolids
18.14 Permits, Records, and Reports
18.14.1 DeÞnitions
18.14.2 NPDES Permits Reporting Sampling and Testing Efßuent Limitations Compliance Schedules Special Conditions Licensed Operator Requirements Chlorination or Dechlorination Reporting Reporting Calculations
18.15 Chapter Review Questions and Problems

Appendix A Answers to Chapter Review Questions and Problems
Appendix B Formulae

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Water and Wastewater Operations:
An Overview

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1 Problems Facing Water and
Wastewater Treatment Operations

What is of all things most yielding, 1. Protection against protozoan and virus contam-
Can overcome that which is most hard, ination
Being substanceless, it can enter in
even where there is no crevice. 2. Implementation of the multiple barrier approach
That is how I know the value to microbial control
of action which is actionless.
3. New requirements of the Ground Water Disin-
Lao Tzu, 5th Century B.C. fection Rule, the Total Coliform Rule and
Distribution System, and the Lead and Copper

Although not often thought of as a commodity (or, for that 4. Regulations for trihalomethanes and disinfec-
matter, not thought about at all), water is a commodity — tion by-products (DBPs)
a very valuable commodity. In this text, it is our position
that with the passage of time, potable water will become We discuss this important shift momentarily but first
even more valuable. Moreover, with the passage of even it is important to abide by Voltaire’s advice: that is, “If
more time, potable water will be even more valuable than you wish to converse with me, please define your terms.”
we might imagine. It may be possibly comparable in pric-
ing, gallon for gallon, to what we pay for gasoline, or even For those not familiar with the term paradigm, it can
more. be defined in the following ways. A paradigm is the con-
sensus of the scientific community — “concrete problem
Earth was originally allotted a finite amount of water — solutions that the profession has come to accept.”1 Thomas
we have no more or no less than that original allotment Kuhn coined the term paradigm. He outlined it in terms
today. It logically follows that, in order to sustain life as of the scientific process. He felt that “one sense of para-
we know it, we must do everything we can to preserve digm, is global, embracing all the shared commitments of
and protect our water supply. We also must purify and a scientific group; the other isolates a particularly impor-
reuse the water we presently waste (i.e., wastewater). tant sort of commitment and is thus a subset of the first.”1
The concept of paradigm has two general levels. The first
1.2 THE PARADIGM SHIFT is the encompassing whole, the summation of parts. It
consists of the theories, laws, rules, models, concepts, and
Historically, the purpose of water supply systems has been definitions that go into a generally accepted fundamental
to provide pleasant drinking water that is free of disease theory of science. Such a paradigm is global in character.
organisms and toxic substances. In addition, the purpose The other level of paradigm is that it can also be just one
of wastewater treatment has been to protect the health and of these laws, theories, models, etc. that combine to for-
well being of our communities. Water and wastewater mulate a global paradigm. These have the property of
treatment operations have accomplished this goal by being local. For instance, Galileo’s theory that the earth
(1) prevention of disease and nuisance conditions; rotated around the sun became a paradigm in itself, namely
(2) avoidance of contamination of water supplies and nav- a generally accepted law in astronomy. Yet, on the other
igable waters; (3) maintenance of clean water for survival hand, his theory combined with other local paradigms in
of fish, bathing, and recreation; and (4) generally conser- areas such as religion and politics to transform culture. A
vation of water quality for future use. paradigm can also be defined as a pattern or point of view
that determines what is seen as reality.
The purpose of water supply systems and wastewater
treatment processes has not changed. However, primarily We use the latter definition in this text.
because of new regulations the paradigm has shifted. A paradigm shift is defined as a major change in the
These include: way things are thought about, especially scientifically. Once
a problem can no longer be solved in the existing paradigm,
new laws and theories emerge and form a new paradigm,
overthrowing the old if it is accepted. Paradigm shifts are
the “occasional, discontinuous, revolutionary changes in
tacitly shared points of view and preconceptions.”2 Simply,

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a paradigm shift represents “a profound change in the Source Protection
thoughts, perceptions, and values that form a particular
vision of reality.”3 For our purposes, we use the term ↓
paradigm shift to mean a change in the way things are
understood and done. Optimization of Treatment Process
Trained & Certified Plant Operators

In water supply systems, the historical focus, or traditional Sound Distribution System Management
approach, has been to control turbidity, iron and manga- A Second Dose of Disinfectant
nese, taste and odor, color, and coliforms. New regulations
provided new focus, and thus a paradigm shift. Today the ↓
traditional approach is no longer sufficient. Providing
acceptable water has become more sophisticated and Cross-Connection Control

In order to meet the requirements of the new para-
digm, a systems approach must be employed. In the sys- Continuous Monitoring & Testing
tems approach, all components are interrelated. What
affects one impacts others. The focus has shifted to mul- FIGURE 1.1 Multiple-barrier approach.
tiple requirements (i.e., new regulations require the pro-
cess to be modified or the plant upgraded). SDWA, passed in 1974, amended in 1986, and reau-
thorized in 1996, gives the U.S. Environmental Protection
To illustrate the paradigm shift in the operation of Agency (EPA) the authority to set drinking water stan-
water supply systems, let us look back on the traditional dards. This document is important for many reasons, but
approach of disinfection. Disinfection was used in water is even more important because it describes how the EPA
to destroy harmful organisms. It is still used in water to establishes these standards.
destroy harmful organisms, but is now only one part of
the multiple-barrier approach. Moreover, disinfection has Drinking water standards are regulations that EPA sets
traditionally been used to treat for coliforms only. Cur- to control the level of contaminants in the nation’s drinking
rently, because of the paradigm shift, disinfection now water. These standards are part of SDWA’s multiple-barrier
(and in the future) is used against coliforms, Legionella, approach to drinking water protection (see Figure 1.1).
Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and others. Another example
of the traditional vs. current practices is seen in the tradi- As shown in Figure 1.1, the multiple barrier approach
tional approach to particulate removal in water to lessen includes the following elements:
turbidity and improve aesthetics. Current practice is still
to decrease turbidity to improve aesthetics, but now micro- 1. Assessing and protecting drinking water
bial removal plus disinfection is practical. sources — This means doing everything possi-
ble to prevent microbes and other contaminants
Another significant factor that contributed to the par- from entering water supplies. Minimizing
adigm shift in water supply systems was the introduction human and animal activity around our water-
of the Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR) in 1989. sheds is one part of this barrier.
SWTR requires water treatment plants to achieve 99.9%
(3 log) removal activation/inactivation of Giardia and 2. Optimizing treatment processes — This pro-
99.99% (4 log) removal/inactivation of viruses. SWTR vides a second barrier and usually means filter-
applies to all surface waters and ground waters under ing and disinfecting the water. It also means
direct influence. making sure that the people who are responsible
for our water are properly trained and certified
1.3 MULTIPLE-BARRIER CONCEPT and knowledgeable of the public health issues
On August 6, 1996, during the Safe Drinking Water Act
(SDWA) Reauthorization signing ceremony, President Bill 3. Ensuring the integrity of distribution systems —
Clinton stated, “A fundamental promise we must make to This consists of maintaining the quality of
our people is that the food they eat and the water they water as it moves through the system on its way
drink are safe.” No rational person could doubt the impor- to the customer’s tap.
tance of the promise made in this statement.
4. Effecting correct cross-connection control pro-
cedures — This is a critical fourth element in
the barrier approach. It is critical because the
greatest potential hazard in water distribution
systems is associated with cross-connections to
nonpotable waters. There are many connections
between potable and nonpotable systems —
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connection, but cross-connections are those hidden part out of services delivered by water and waste-
through which backflow can occur.4 water professionals.
5. Continuous monitoring and testing of the water
before it reaches the tap — Monitoring water Water service professionals provide water for typical
quality is a critical element in the barrier urban domestic and commercial uses, eliminate wastes,
approach. It should include having specific pro- protect the public health and safety, and help control many
cedures to follow should potable water ever fail forms of pollution. Wastewater service professionals treat
to meet quality standards. the urban wastestream to remove pollutants before dis-
charging the effluent into the environment. Water and
With the involvement of EPA, local governments, wastewater treatment services are the urban circulatory
drinking water utilities, and citizens, these multiple barri- system.6 In addition, like the human circulatory system,
ers ensure that the tap water in the U.S. and territories is the urban circulatory system is less than effective if flow
safe to drink. Simply, in the multiple-barrier concept, we is not maintained.
employ a holistic approach to water management that
begins at the source and continues with treatment, through Maintaining flow is what water and wastewater oper-
disinfection and distribution. ations is all about. This seems easy enough; water has
been flowing literally for eons. However, this is not to say
1.3.1 MULTIPLE-BARRIER APPROACH: that water and wastewater operations are not without prob-
WASTEWATER OPERATIONS lems and/or challenges. The dawn of the 21st century
brought with it, for many of us, aspirations of good things
Not shown in Figure 1.1 is the fate of the used water. What ahead in the constant struggle to provide quality food and
happens to the wastewater produced? Wastewater is water for humanity. However, the only way in which we
treated via the multiple-barrier treatment train, which is can hope to accomplish this is to stay on the cutting edge
the combination of unit processes used in the system. The of technology and to face all challenges head on. Some
primary mission of the wastewater treatment plant (and of these other challenges are addressed in the following
the operator/practitioner) is to treat the wastestream to a sections.
level of purity acceptable to return it to the environment
or for immediate reuse (i.e., reuse in such applications as 1.4 MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS FACING
irrigation of golf courses, etc.). WATER AND WASTEWATER OPERATIONS

Water and wastewater operators maintain a continuous Problems come and go, shifting from century to century,
urban water cycle on a daily basis. B.D. Jones sums up decade to decade, year to year, and site to site. They range
this point as follows: from the problems caused by natural forces (storms, earth-
quakes, fires, floods, and droughts) to those caused by
Delivering services is the primary function of municipal social forces, currently including terrorism.
government. It occupies the vast bulk of the time and effort
of most city employees, is the source of most contacts that In general, five areas are of concern to many water
citizens have with local governments, occasionally and wastewater management personnel.
becomes the subject of heated controversy, and is often
surrounded by myth and misinformation. Yet, service deliv- 1. Complying with regulations and coping with
ery remains the “hidden function” of local government.5 new and changing regulations

In Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment 2. Maintaining infrastructure
Plant Operations, we focus on sanitary (or environmental) 3. Privatization and/or reengineering
services (excluding solid-waste disposal) — water and 4. Benchmarking
wastewater treatment — because they have been and 5. Upgrading security
remain indispensable for the functioning and growth of
cities. Next to air, water is the most important life-sustain- 1.4.1 COMPLIANCE WITH NEW, CHANGING,
ing product on earth. Yet it is its service delivery (and all AND EXISTING REGULATIONS7
that it entails) that remains a “hidden function” of local
government.5 This hidden function is what this text is all Adapting the workforce to the challenges of meeting
about. We present our discussion in a completely new and changing regulations and standards for both water and
unique dual manner — in what we call the new paradigm wastewater treatment is a major concern. As mentioned,
shift in water management and in the concept of the mul- drinking water standards are regulations that EPA sets to
tiple barrier approach. Essentially, the Handbook takes the control the level of contaminants in the nation’s drinking
water. Again, these standards are part of SDWA’s multiple-
barrier approach to drinking water protection.

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There are two categories of drinking water standards: 1.4.2 MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE

1. A National Primary Drinking Water Regulation During the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. government encour-
(primary standard) — This is a legally enforce- aged the prevention of pollution by providing funds for
able standard that applies to public water systems. the construction of municipal wastewater treatment plants,
Primary standards protect drinking water quality water-pollution research, and technical training and assis-
by limiting the levels of specific contaminants tance. New processes were developed to treat sewage,
that can adversely affect public health and are analyze wastewater, and evaluate the effects of pollution
known or anticipated to occur in water. They on the environment. In spite of these efforts, expanding
take the form of Maximum Contaminant Levels population and industrial and economic growth caused the
or Treatment Techniques. pollution and health difficulties to increase.

2. A National Secondary Drinking Water Regula- In response to the need to make a coordinated effort
tion (secondary standard) — This is a nonen- to protect the environment, the National Environmental
forceable guideline regarding contaminants that Policy Act was signed into law on January 1, 1970. In
may cause cosmetic effects (e.g., skin or tooth December of that year, a new independent body — EPA —
discoloration) or aesthetic effects (e.g., taste, was created to bring under one roof all of the pollution-
odor, or color) in drinking water. USEPA rec- control programs related to air, water, and solid wastes.
ommends secondary standards to water systems, In 1972, the Water Pollution Control Act Amendments
but does not require systems to comply. How- expanded the role of the federal government in water
ever, states may choose to adopt them as pollution control and significantly increased federal fund-
enforceable standards. This information ing for construction of wastewater treatment plants.
focuses on national primary standards.
Many of the wastewater treatment plants in operation
Drinking water standards apply to public water sys- today are the result of federal grants made over the years.
tems that provide water for human consumption through For example, because of the 1977 Clean Water Act
at least 15 service connections or regularly serve at least Amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act
25 individuals. Public water systems include municipal of 1972 and the 1987 Clean Water Act Reauthorization
water companies, homeowner associations, schools, busi- Bill, funding for wastewater treatment plants was provided.
nesses, campgrounds and shopping malls.
Many large sanitation districts, with their multiple
More recent requirements, including the Clean Water plant operations, and an even larger number of single plant
Act Amendments that went into effect in February 2001, operations in smaller communities in operation today are a
require water treatment plants to meet tougher standards. result of these early environmental laws. Because of these
They have presented new problems for treatment facilities laws, the federal government provided grants of several
to deal with and have offered some possible solutions to hundred million dollars to finance construction of waste-
the problems of meeting the new standards. These regula- water treatment facilities throughout the country.
tions provide for communities to upgrade existing treatment
systems, replacing aging and outdated infrastructure with Many of these locally or federally funded treatment
new process systems. Their purpose is to ensure that facil- plants are aging; based on our experience, we rate some as
ities are able to filter out higher levels of impurities from dinosaurs. The point is many facilities are facing problems
drinking water, reducing the health risk from bacteria, caused by aging equipment, facilities, and infrastructure.
protozoa, and viruses, and that they are able to decrease Complicating the problems associated with natural aging
levels of turbidity and reduce concentrations of chlorine is the increasing pressure on inadequate older systems to
by-products in drinking water. meet demands of increased population and urban growth.
Facilities built in the 1960s and 1970s are now 30 to
In regards to wastewater collection and treatment, the 40 years old; not only are they showing signs of wear and
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System program tear, but they simply were not designed to handle the level
established by the Clean Water Act, issues permits that of growth that has occurred in many municipalities.
control wastewater treatment plant discharges. Meeting per-
mit is always a concern for wastewater treatment managers Regulations often necessitate a need to upgrade. By
because the effluent discharged into water bodies affects matching funds or providing federal money to cover some
those downstream of the release point. Individual point of the costs, municipalities can take advantage of a win-
source dischargers must use the best available technology dow of opportunity to improve their facility at a lower
to control the levels of pollution in the effluent they dis- direct cost to the community. Those federal dollars, of
charge into streams. As systems age, and best available course, do come with strings attached; they are to be spent
technology changes, meeting permit with existing equip- on specific projects in specific areas. On the other hand,
ment and unit processes becomes increasingly difficult. many times new regulatory requirements are put in place
without the financial assistance needed to implement.
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new requirements (until caught and forced to comply) or Our experience has shown that few words conjure up
they face the situation and implement through local tax more fear among municipal plant managers than privati-
hikes to pay the cost of compliance. zation or reengineering. Privatization means allowing
private enterprise to compete with government in providing
An example of how a change in regulations can force public services, such as water and wastewater operations.
the issue is demonstrated by the demands made by the Existing management, on the other hand, can accomplish
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reengineering internally or it can be used (and usually is)
and EPA in their Process Safety Management (PSM)/Risk during the privatization process. Reengineering is the sys-
Management Planning (RMP) regulations. These regula- tematic transformation of an existing system into a new
tions put the use of elemental chlorine (and other listed form to realize quality improvements in operation, system
hazardous materials) under scrutiny. Moreover, because capability, functionality, performance, or evolvability at a
of these regulations, plant managers throughout the coun- lower cost, schedule, or risk to the customer.
try are forced to choose which side of a double-edged
sword cuts their way the most. One edge calls for full Many on-site managers consider privatization and/or
compliance with the regulations (analogous to stuffing the reengineering schemes threatening. In the worse case sce-
regulation through the eye of a needle). The other edge nario, a private contractor could bid the entire staff out of
calls for substitution. This means replacing elemental their jobs. In the best case, privatization and/or re-engi-
chlorine with a nonlisted hazardous chemical (e.g., neering is often a very real threat that forces on-site
hypochlorite) or a physical (ultraviolet irradiation) disin- managers into workforce cuts, improving efficiency and
fectant — a very costly undertaking either way. cutting costs. (At the same time, on-site managers work
to ensure the community receives safe drinking water and
Note: Many of us who have worked in water and the facility meets standards and permits. This is done with
wastewater treatment for years characterize fewer workers and without injury or accident to workers,
PSM and RMP as the elemental chlorine killer. the facility, or the environment.)
You have probably heard the old saying: “If you
can’t do away with something in one way, then There are a number of reasons causing local officials
regulate it to death.” to take a hard look at privatization and/or re-engineering.

Note: Changes resulting because of regulatory pressure 1. Decaying infrastructures — Many water and
sometimes mean replacing or changing existing wastewater operations include water and waste-
equipment, increased chemical costs (e.g., sub- water infrastructures that date back to the early
stituting hypochlorite for chlorine typically 1900s. The most recent systems were built with
increases costs threefold), and could easily federal funds during the 1970s, and even these
involve increased energy and personnel costs. now need upgrading or replacing. The EPA
Equipment condition, new technology, and recently estimated that the nation’s 75,000+
financial concerns are all considerations when drinking water systems alone would require
upgrades or new processes are chosen. In addi- more than $100 billion in investments over the
tion, the safety of the process must be considered next 20 years. Wastewater systems will require
because of the demands made by EPA and a similar level of investment.
OSHA. The potential of harm to workers, the
community, and the environment are all under 2. Mandates — The federal government has
study, as are the possible long-term effects of reduced its contributions to local water and
chlorination on the human population. wastewater systems over the past 30 years,
while at the same time imposing stricter water
1.4.3 PRIVATIZING AND/OR REENGINEERING8 quality and effluent standards under the Clean
Water Act and SDWA. Moreover, as previously
As mentioned, water and wastewater treatment operations mentioned, new unfunded mandated safety reg-
are undergoing a new paradigm shift. We explained that ulations, such as OSHA’s PSM and EPA’s RMP,
this paradigm shift focused on the holistic approach to are expensive to implement using local sources
treating water. The shift is, however, more inclusive. It of revenues or state revolving loan funds.
also includes thinking outside the box. In order to remain
efficient and therefore competitive in the real world of 3. Hidden function — Earlier we stated that
operations, water and wastewater facilities have either much of the work of water and wastewater treat-
bought into the new paradigm shift, or been forcibly ment is a hidden function. Because of this lack
“shifted” to doing other things (often these other things of visibility, it is often difficult for local officials
have little to do with water and wastewater operations). to commit to making the necessary investments
in community water and wastewater systems.
Simply, the local politicians lack the political
will — water pipes and interceptors are not

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FIGURE 1.2 Benchmarking process.

visible and not perceived as immediately criti- performance vs. best-in-class operations, and using the
cal for adequate funding. It is easier for elected analysis to meet and exceed the best in class.
officials to ignore them in favor of expenditures
of more visible services, such as police and fire. What benchmarking is:
Additionally, raising water and sewage rates to
cover operations and maintenance is not always 1. Benchmarking vs. best practices gives water
effected because it is an unpopular move for and wastewater operations a way to evaluate
elected officials. This means that water and their operations overall.
sewer rates do not adequately cover the actual a. How effective
cost of providing services in many municipalities. b. How cost effective

In many locations throughout the U.S., expenditures 2. Benchmarking shows plants both how well
on water and wastewater services are the largest facing their operations stack up, and how well those
local governments today. (This is certainly the case for operations are implemented.
those municipalities struggling to implement the latest
storm water requirements). Thus, this area presents a great 3. Benchmarking is an objective-setting process.
opportunity for cost savings. Through privatization, water 4. Benchmarking is a new way of doing business.
and wastewater companies can take advantage of advanced 5. Benchmarking forces an external view to
technology, more flexible management practices, and
streamlined procurement and construction practices to ensure correctness of objective-setting.
lower costs and make the critical improvements more 6. Benchmarking forces internal alignment to
achieve plant goals.
7. Benchmarking promotes teamwork by direct-

ing attention to those practices necessary to
remain competitive.

1.4.4 BENCHMARKING Potential results of benchmarking:

Primarily out of self-preservation (to retain their lucrative 1. Benchmarking may indicate direction of
positions), many utility directors work against the trend required change rather than specific metrics
to privatize water, wastewater, and other public operations. a. Costs must be reduced
Usually the real work to prevent privatization is delegated b. Customer satisfaction must be increased
to the individual managers in charge of each specific oper- c. Return on assets must be increased
ation. Moreover, it can be easily seen that working against d. Improved maintenance
privatization by these local managers is also in their own e. Improved operational practices
self-interest and in the interest of their workers; their jobs
may be at stake. 2. Best practices are translated into operational
units of measure.
The question is, of course, how does one go about
preventing his water and wastewater operation from being Targets:
privatized? The answer is rather straightforward and clear:
Efficiency must be improved at reduced cost. In the real 1. Consideration of available resources converts
world, this is easier said than done, but is not impossible. benchmark findings to targets.
For example, for those facilities under Total Quality Man-
agement (TQM), the process can be much easier. 2. A target represents what can realistically be
accomplished in a given timeframe.
The advantage TQM offers the plant manager is the
variety of tools to help plan, develop, and implement water 3. A target can show progress toward benchmark
and wastewater efficiency measures. These tools include practices and metrics.
self-assessments, statistical process control, International
Organization for Standards 9000 and 14000, process anal- 4. Quantification of precise targets should be
ysis, quality circle, and benchmarking (see Figure 1.2). based on achieving benchmark.

Our focus in this text is on use of the benchmarking Note: Benchmarking can be performance based, pro-
tool to improve water and wastewater operation’s efficiency. cess based, or strategy based and can compare
Benchmarking is a process for rigorously measuring your financial or operational performance measures,
methods or practices, or strategic choices.

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To gain better understanding of the benchmarking process,
When forming a benchmarking team, the goal should be we have provided the following limited example. It is in
to provide a benchmark that evaluates and compares priva- outline and summary form only — discussion of a full-
tized and reengineered water and wastewater treatment blown study is beyond the scope of this text. (Although
operations to your operation. This helps your operation to the details described below come from a real study, we
be more efficient, remain competitive, and make continual have provided a fictitious name for the sanitation district.)
improvements. It is important to point out that benchmark-
ing is more than simply setting a performance reference Rachel’s Creek Sanitation District
or comparison; it is a way to facilitate learning for continual
improvements. The key to the learning process is looking Introduction
outside one’s own plant to other plants that have discovered In January 1997, Rachel’s Creek Sanitation District
better ways of achieving improved performance. formed a benchmarking team with the goal of pro-
viding a benchmark that evaluates and compares Benchmarking Steps privatized and re-engineered wastewater treatment
operations to Rachel’s Creek operations in order to
As shown in Figure 1.2, the benchmarking process con- be more efficient and remain competitive. After three
sists of five steps. months of evaluating wastewater facilities using the
benchmarking tool, our benchmarking is complete.
1. Planning — Managers must select a process (or This report summarizes our findings and should serve
processes) to be benchmarked. A benchmarking as a benchmark by which to compare and evaluate
team should be formed. The process of bench- Rachel’s Creek Sanitation District operations.
marking must be thoroughly understood and
documented. The performance measure for the Facilities
process should be established (i.e., cost, time, 41 wastewater treatment plants throughout the U.S.
and quality).
The benchmarking team focused on the following
2. Research — Information on the best-in-class target areas for comparison:
performer must be determined through research.
The information can be derived from the indus- 1. Reengineering
try’s network, industry experts, industry and 2. Organization
trade associations, publications, public informa- 3. Operations and maintenance
tion, and other award-winning operations.
a. Contractual services
3. Observation — The observation step is a study b. Materials and supplies
of the benchmarking subject’s performance c. Sampling and data collection
level, processes, and practices that have achieved d. Maintenance
those levels, and other enabling factors. 4. Operational directives
5. Utilities
4. Analysis — In this phase, comparisons in per- 6. Chemicals
formance levels among facilities are determined. 7. Technology
The root causes for the performance gaps are 8. Permits
studied. To make accurate and appropriate com- a. Water quality
parisons, the comparison data must be sorted, b. Solids quality
controlled for quality, and normalized. c. Air quality
d. Odor quality
5. Adaptation — This phase is putting what is 9. Safety
learned throughout the benchmarking process 10. Training and development
into action. The findings of the benchmarking 11. Process
study must be communicated to gain accep- 12. Communication
tance, functional goals must be established, and 13. Public relations
a plan must be developed. Progress should be 14. Reuse
monitored and, as required, corrections in the 15. Support services
process made. a. Pretreatment
b. Collection systems
Note: Benchmarking should be interactive. It should c. Procurement
also recalibrate performance measures and
improve the process.

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d. Finance and administration equipment, and kept the plant clean. Due to their
efficiency and low staff, we felt that most of the
e. Laboratory privately operated plants were better than ours. We
agreed this needs to be changed. Using what we
f. Human resources learned during our benchmarking effort, we can be
just as efficient as a privately operated plant and still
Summary of Findings: maintain our standards of quality.

Our overall evaluation of Rachel’s Creek Sanitation 1.4.5 The Bottom Line on Privatization
District as compared to our benchmarking targets is
a good one; that is, we are in good standing as com- Privatization is becoming of greater and greater concern.
pared to the 41 target facilities we benchmarked with. Governance boards see privatization as a potential way to
In the area of safety, we compare quite favorably. shift liability and responsibility from the municipality’s
Only plant 34, with its own full time safety manager, shoulders, with the attractive bonus of cutting costs. Both
appeared to be better than we are. We were very water and wastewater facilities face constant pressure to
competitive with the privatized plants in our usage of work more efficiently and more cost-effectively with
chemicals and far ahead of many public plants. We fewer workers to produce a higher quality product; all
were also competitive in the use of power. Our survey functions must be value-added. Privatization is increasing,
of what other plants are doing to cut power costs and many municipalities are seriously considering out-
showed that we clearly identified those areas of sourcing part or all of their operations to contractors.
improvement and our current effort to further reduce
power costs is on track. We were far ahead in the 1.5 UPGRADING SECURITY
optimization of our unit processes and we were lead-
ers in the area of odor control. You may say Homeland Security is a Y2K problem that
doesn’t end January 1 of any given year.
There were also areas that we need to improve.
To the Rachel’s Creek employee, reengineering Governor Tom Ridge9
applies to only the treatment department and has been
limited to cutting staff while plant practices and orga- One consequence of the events of September 11 was EPA’s
nizational practices are outdated and inefficient. directive to establish a Water Protection Task Force to
Under the reengineering section of this report, we ensure that activities to protect and secure water sup-
have provided a summary of reengineering efforts at ply/wastewater treatment infrastructure are comprehen-
the reengineered plants visited. The experiences of sive and carried out expeditiously. Another consequence
these plants can be used to improve our own re- is a heightened concern among citizens in the U.S. over
engineering effort. Next is our organization and staff- the security of their critical water and wastewater infra-
ing levels. A private company could reduce the entire structure. The nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure
treatment department staff by about 18 to 24%. The consisting of several thousand publicly owned water and
18 to 24% are based on number of employees and wastewater treatment plants, more than 100,000 pumping
not costs. In the organization section of this report, stations, hundreds of thousands of miles of water distri-
organizational models and their staffing levels are bution and sanitary sewers, and another 200,000 miles of
provided as guidelines to improving our organization storm sewers is one of America’s most valuable resources,
and determining optimum staffing levels. The last big with treatment and distribution/collection systems valued
area that we need to improve is in the way we accom- at more than $2.5 trillion. Wastewater treatment operations
plish the work we perform. Our people are not used taken alone include the sanitary and storm sewers, forming
efficiently because of outdated and inefficient policies an extensive network that runs near or beneath key build-
and work practices. Methods to improve the way we ings and roads, and is contiguous to many communication
do work are found throughout this report. We noted and transportation networks. Significant damage to the
that efficient work practices used by private compa- nation’s wastewater facilities or collection systems would
nies allow plants to operate with small staffs. result in loss of life; catastrophic environmental damage
to rivers, lakes, and wetlands; contamination of drinking
Overall, Rachel’s Creek Sanitation District treat- water supplies; long-term public health impacts; destruction
ment plants are much better than other public plants.
Although some plants may have better equipment,
better technology, and cleaner effluents, the costs in
labor and materials is much higher than ours. Several
of the public plants were in bad condition. Contrary
to popular belief, the privately operated plants had
good to excellent operations. These plants met permit,
complied with safety regulations, maintained plant

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of fish and shellfish production; and disruption of com- ment, public health, environmental protection,
merce, the economy, and our normal way of life. and emergency response organizations.

Governor Tom Ridge points out the security role for d. Ensure that employees are fully aware of the
the public professional (we interpret this to include water importance of vigilance and the seriousness
and wastewater professionals): of breaches in security, and make note of
unaccompanied strangers on the site and
Americans should find comfort in knowing that millions immediately notify designated security
of their fellow citizens are working every day to ensure officers or local law enforcement agencies.
our security at every level — federal, state, county, munic-
ipal. These are dedicated professionals who are good at e. Consider varying the timing of operational
what they do. I’ve seen it up close, as Governor of Penn- procedures if possible in case someone is
sylvania … but there may be gaps in the system. The job watching the pattern changes.
of the Office of Homeland Security will be to identify
those gaps and work to close them.10 f. Upon the dismissal of an employee, change
passcodes and make sure keys and access
It is to shore up the gaps in the system that has driven cards are returned.
many water and wastewater facilities to increase security.
In its “Water Protection Task Force Alert #IV: What Waste- g. Provide customer service staff with training
water Utilities Can Do Now to Guard Against Terrorist and checklists of how to handle a threat if it
and Security Threats,”11 EPA made several recommenda- is called in.
tions to increase security and reduce threats from terrorism.
The recommendations include: 3. Coordinating actions for effective emergency
1. Guarding against unplanned physical intrusion
(water and wastewater) a. Review existing emergency response plans,
a. Lock all doors and set alarms at your office, and ensure they are current and relevant.
pumping stations, treatment plants, and
vaults, and make it a rule that doors are b. Make sure employees have necessary train-
locked and alarms are set. ing in emergency operating procedures.
b. Limit access to facilities and control access
to pumping stations, chemical and fuel stor- c. Develop clear protocols and chains-of-com-
age areas, giving close scrutiny to visitors mand for reporting and responding to threats
and contractors. along with relevant emergency, law enforce-
c. Post guards at treatment plants, and post ment, environmental, public health officials,
“employee only” signs in restricted areas. consumers, and the media. Practice the
d. Control access to storm sewers. emergency protocols regularly.
e. Secure hatches, metering vaults, manholes,
and other access points to the sanitary col- d. Ensure key utility personnel (both on and off
lection system. duty) have access to crucial telephone num-
f. Increase lighting in parking lots, treatment bers and contact information at all times.
bays, and other areas with limited staffing. Keep the call list up to date.
g. Control access to computer networks and
control systems, and change the passwords e. Develop close relationships with local law
frequently. enforcement agencies, and make sure they
h. Do not leave keys in equipment or vehicles know where critical assets are located.
at any time. Request they add your facilities to their rou-
tine rounds.
2. Making security a priority for employees
a. Conduct background security checks on f. Work with local industries to ensure that
employees at hiring and periodically their pretreatment facilities are secure.
b. Develop a security program with written g. Report to county or state health officials any
plans and train employees frequently. illness among the employees that might be
c. Ensure all employees are aware of communi- associated with wastewater contamination.
cations protocols with relevant law enforce-
h. Report criminal threats, suspicious behavior,
or attacks on wastewater utilities immedi-
ately to law enforcement officials and the
relevant field office of the Federal Bureau of

4. Investing in security and infrastructure

a. Assess the vulnerability of collection/distri-
bution system, major pumping stations,
water and wastewater treatment plants,

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chemical and fuel storage areas, outfall able, introduction of techniques to make more water avail-
pipes, and other key infrastructure elements. able through watershed management, cloud seeding,
b. Assess the vulnerability of the storm water desalination of saline or brackish water, or area-wide edu-
collection system. Determine where large cational programs to teach conservation or reuse of
pipes run near or beneath government build- water.12
ings, banks, commercial districts, industrial
facilities, or are contiguous with major com- Many of the management techniques employed in
munication and transportation networks. water treatment operations are also employed in wastewa-
c. Move as quickly as possible with the most ter treatment. In addition, wastewater treatment operations
obvious and cost-effective physical improve- employ management techniques that may include upgrad-
ments, such as perimeter fences, security ing present systems for nutrient removal, reuse of process
lighting, tamper-proofing manhole covers residuals in an earth-friendly manner, and area-wide
and valve boxes, etc. educational programs to teach proper domestic and indus-
d. Improve computer system and remote oper- trial waste disposal practices.
ational security.
e. Use local citizen watches. Whether managing a waterworks or wastewater treat-
f. Seek financing for more expensive and com- ment plant, the manager, in regards to expertise, must be
prehensive system improvements. a well-rounded, highly skilled individual. No one ques-
tions the need for incorporation of these highly-trained
1.5.1 THE BOTTOM LINE ON SECURITY practitioners — well-versed in the disciplines of sanitary
engineering, biology, chemistry, hydrology, environmental
Again, when it comes to the security of our nation and science, safety principles, accountants, auditors, technical
even of water and wastewater treatment facilities, few have aspects, and operations — in both professions. Based on
summed it better than Governor Ridge: personal experience, however, engineers, biologists,
chemists, and others with no formal management training
Now, obviously, the further removed we get from Sep- are often hindered (limited) in their ability to solve the
tember 11, I think the natural tendency is to let down our complex management problems currently facing both
guard. Unfortunately, we cannot do that. The government industries.
will continue to do everything we can to find and stop
those who seek to harm us. And I believe we owe it to There are those who will view this opinion with some
the American people to remind them that they must be disdain. However, in the current environment where priva-
vigilant, as well.10 tization, the need for upgrading security, and other pressing
concerns are present, skilled management professionals
are needed to manage and mitigate these problems.


Water treatment operations management is management Answers to chapter review questions are found in Appen-
that is directed toward providing water of the right quality, dix A.
in the right quantity, at the right place, at the right time,
and at the right price to meet various demands. Wastewater 1.1. Define paradigm as used in this text.
treatment management is directed toward providing treat- 1.2. Define paradigm shift as used in this text.
ment of incoming raw influent (no matter what the quan- 1.3. List five elements of the multiple-barrier
tity), at the right time, to meet regulatory requirements,
and at the right price to meet various requirements. approach.
1.4. Explain the following: Water service delivery
The techniques of management are manifold both in
water resource management and wastewater treatment remains one of the hidden functions of local
operations. In water treatment operations, for example, government.
management techniques may include: 1.5. Fill in the blank: __________ drinking water
standards are not enforceable.
Storage to detain surplus water available at one time 1.6. Explain the difference between privatization
of the year for use later, transportation facilities to move and reengineering.
water from one place to another, manipulation of the pric- 1.7. Define benchmarking.
ing structure for water to reduce demand, use of changes 1.8. List the five benchmarking steps.
in legal systems to make better use of the supplies avail-

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2 Water and Wastewater Operators
and Their Roles

Our planet is shrouded in water, and yet 8 million children distribution/collection system is one thing; taking sam-
under the age of five will die this year from lack of safe ples, operating equipment, monitoring conditions, and
water. determining settings for chemical feed systems and high-
pressure pumps, along with performing laboratory tests
United Nations Environmental Program and recording the results in the plant daily operating log
is another.
OPERATORS It is, however, the non-typical functions, the diverse
functions, and the off-the-wall functions that cause us to
To begin our discussion of water and wastewater opera- describe operators as jacks-of-all-trades. For example, in
tors, it is important that we point out a few significant addition to their normal, routine, daily operating duties,
factors. operators may be called upon to make emergency repairs
to systems (e.g., making a welding repair to a vital piece
• Employment as a water and wastewater operator of machinery to keep the plant or unit process on line),
is concentrated in local government and private perform material handling operations, make chemical
water supply and sanitary services companies. additions to process flow; respond to hazardous materials
emergencies, make confined space entries, perform site
• Postsecondary training is increasingly an asset landscaping duties, and carry out several other assorted
as the number of regulated contaminants grows functions. Remember, the plant operator’s job is to keep
and treatment unit processes become more the plant running and to make permit. Keeping the plant
complex. running, the flow flowing, and making permit — no matter
what — requires not only talent but also the performance
• Operators must pass examinations certifying of a wide range of functions, many of which are not called
that they are capable of overseeing various for in written job descriptions.1
treatment processes.
• Operators have a relatively high incidence of
on-the-job (OTJ) injuries. Based on our experience, we have found that most people
either have a preconceived notion as to what water and
To properly operate a water treatment and distribution wastewater operations are all about, or they have nary a
and/or a wastewater treatment and collection system usu- clue. On the one hand, we understand that clean water is
ally requires a team of highly skilled personnel filling a essential for everyday life. Moreover, we have at least a
variety of job classifications. Typical positions include vague concept that water treatment plants and water oper-
plant manager/plant superintendent, chief operator, lead ators treat water to make it safe for consumption. On the
operator, operator, maintenance operator, distribution other hand, when it comes to wastewater treatment and
and/or interceptor system technicians, assistant operators, system operations, many of us have an ingrained image
laboratory professionals, and clerical personnel, to list just of a sewer system managed and run by a bunch of sewer
a few. rats. Others give wastewater and its treatment and the folks
who treat it no thought at all (that is, unless they are irate
Beyond the distinct job classification titles, over the ratepayers upset at the cost of wastewater service).
years those operating water and wastewater plants have
been called by a variety of titles. These include water Typically, the average person has other misconcep-
jockey, practitioner of water, purveyor of water, sewer rat, tions about water and wastewater operations. For example,
or just plain water or wastewater operator. Based on our very few people can identify the exact source supply of
experience we have come up with a title that perhaps more their drinking water. Is it pumped from wells, rivers, or
closely characterizes what the water and wastewater oper- streams to water treatment plants? Similarly, where is it
ator really is: a jack-of-all-trades. This characterization treated and distributed to customers? The average person
seems only fitting when you take into account the knowl- is clueless as to the ultimate fate of wastewater. Once the
edge and skills required of operators to properly perform
their assigned duties. Moreover, operating the plant or

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toilet is flushed, it is out of sight out of mind and that is Typical examples of the computer-literate operator’s
that. work (for illustrative purposes only) are provided as
Beyond the few functions we have pointed out up to
this point, what exactly is it those water and wastewater • Monitors, adjusts, starts, and stops automated
operators, the 90,000+ jacks-of-all-trades in the U.S. do? water treatment processes and emergency
Operators in both water and wastewater treatment systems response systems to maintain a safe and efficient
control unit processes and equipment to remove or destroy water treatment operation; monitors treatment
harmful materials, chemical compounds, and microorgan- plant processing equipment and systems to
isms from the water. They also control pumps, valves, and identify malfunctions and their probable cause
other processing equipment (including a wide array of following prescribed procedures; places equip-
computerized systems) to convey the water or wastewater ment in or out of service or redirects processes
through the various treatment processes (unit processes), around failed equipment; following prescribed
and dispose (or reuse) of the removed solids (waste mate- procedures monitors and starts process related
rials: sludge or biosolids). Operators also read, interpret, equipment, such as boilers, to maintain process
and adjust meters and gauges to make sure plant equip- and permit objectives; refers difficult equip-
ment and processes are working properly. They operate ment maintenance problems and malfunctions
chemical-feeding devices, take samples of the water or to supervisor; monitors the system through a
wastewater, perform chemical and biological laboratory process integrated control terminal or remote
analyses, and adjust the amount of chemicals, such as station terminal to assure control devices are
chlorine, in the water and wastestream. They use a variety making proper treatment adjustments; operates
of instruments to sample and measure water quality, and the central control terminal keyboard to perform
common hand and power tools to make repairs and adjust- backup adjustments to such treatment processes
ments. Operators also make minor repairs to valves, as influent and effluent pumping, chemical feed,
pumps, basic electrical equipment and other equipment. sedimentation, and disinfection; monitors spe-
(Electrical work should only be accomplished by qualified cific treatment processes and security systems
personnel.) at assigned remote plant stations; observes and
reviews terminal screen display of graphs,
As mentioned, water and wastewater system operators grids, charts and digital readouts to determine
increasingly rely on computers to help monitor equipment, process efficiency; responds to visual and audible
store sampling results, make process-control decisions, alarms and indicators that indicate deviations
schedule and record maintenance activities, and produce from normal treatment processes and chemical
reports. Computer-operated automatic sampling devices hazards; identifies false alarms and other indi-
are beginning to gain widespread acceptance and use in cators that do not require immediate response;
both industries, especially at the larger facilities. When a alerts remote control locations to respond to
system malfunction occurs, operators may use system alarms indicating trouble in that area; performs
computers to determine the cause and the solution to the alarm investigations.
• Switches over to semiautomatic or manual con-
2.2.1 THE COMPUTER-LITERATE JACK trol when the computer control system is not
properly controlling the treatment process; off-
At many modern water and wastewater treatment plants scans a malfunctioning field sensor point and
operators are required to perform skilled treatment plant inserts data obtained from field in order to
operations work and to monitor, operate, adjust and regulate maintain computer control; controls automated
a computer-based treatment process. In addition, the opera- mechanical and electrical treatment processes
tor is also required to operate and monitor electrical, through the computer keyboard when computer
mechanical, and electronic processing and security equip- programs have failed; performs field tours to
ment through central and remote terminal locations in a take readings when problems cannot be cor-
solids processing, water purification or wastewater treatment rected through the computer keyboard; makes
plant. In those treatment facilities that are not completely or regular field tours of the plant to observe physical
partially automated, computer-controlled computers are conditions; manually controls processes when
used in other applications, such as in clerical applications necessary.
and in a computer maintenance management system
(CMMS). The operator must be qualified to operate and • Determines and changes the amount of chemicals
navigate such computer systems. to be added for the amount of water, waste-
water, or biosolids to be treated; takes periodic
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products and by-products, clean water, or amounts of liquid waste flow into sewers, exceeding a
wastewater for laboratory analysis; receives, plant’s treatment capacity. Emergencies can also be caused
stores, handles and applies chemicals and other by conditions inside a plant, such as oxygen deficiency
supplies needed for operation of assigned sta- within a confined space or exposure to toxic and/or explo-
tion; maintains inventory records of suppliers sive off-gases such as hydrogen sulfide and methane. To
on hand and quantities used; prepares and sub- handle these conditions, operators are trained to make an
mits daily shift operational reports; records emergency management response and use special safety
daily activities in plant operation log, computer equipment and procedures to protect co-workers, public
database or from a computer terminal; changes health, the facility, and the environment. During emergen-
chemical feed tanks, chlorine cylinders, and cies, operators may work under extreme pressure to correct
feed systems; flushes clogged feed and sam- problems as quickly as possible. These periods may create
pling lines. dangerous working conditions; operators must be
• Notes any malfunctioning equipment; makes extremely careful and cautious.
minor adjustments when required; reports
major malfunctions to higher-level operator and Operators who must aggressively respond to hazard-
enters maintenance and related task information ous chemical leaks or spills (e.g., enter a chlorine gas filled
into a CMMS and processes work requests for room and install chlorine repair kit B on a damaged 1-ton
skilled maintenance personnel. cylinder to stop the leak) must possess a Hazardous Mate-
• Performs routine mechanical maintenance such rials (HAZMAT) emergency response technician 24-hour
as packing valves, adjusting belts, and replacing certification. Additionally, many facilities, where elemen-
shear pins and air filters; lubricates equipment tal chlorine is used for disinfection, odor control, or other
by applying grease and adding oil; changes and process applications, require operators to possess an
cleans strainers; drains condensate from pres- appropriate certified pesticide applicator training comple-
sure vessels, gearboxes, and drip traps; performs tion certificate. Because of OSHA’s specific confined
minor electrical maintenance such as replacing space requirement whereby a standby rescue team for
bulbs and resetting low voltage circuit switches; entrants must be available, many plants require operators
prepares equipment for maintenance crews by to hold and maintain cardiopulmonary resuscitation/first
unblocking pipelines, pumps, and isolating and aid certification.
draining tanks; checks equipment as part of a
preventive and predictive maintenance program; Note: It is important to point out that many waste-
reports more complex mechanical-electrical water facilities have substituted elemental chlo-
problems to supervisors. rine with sodium or calcium hypochlorite,
• Responds, in a safe manner, to chlorine leaks ozone, or ultraviolet irradiation because of the
and chemical spills in compliance with the stringent requirements of OSHA’s Process
Occupational Safety and Health Admimistra- Safety Management Standard (29 CFR
tion’s (OSHA) Hazardous Waste Operational 1910.119) and the U.S. Environmental Protection
and Emergency Response (29 CFR 1910.120) Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Program.
requirements and with plant specific emergency This is not the case in most water treatment
response procedures; participates in chlorine operations. In water treatment systems, elemen-
and other chemical emergency response drills. tal chlorine is still employed because it provides
• Prepares operational and maintenance reports chlorine residual that is important in maintain-
as required, including flow and treatment infor- ing safe drinking water supplies, especially
mation; changes charts and maintains recording throughout lengthy distribution systems.
equipment; utilizes system and other software
packages to generate reports and charts and 2.2.3 OPERATOR DUTIES, NUMBERS,
graphs of flow and treatment status and trends; AND WORKING CONDITIONS
maintains workplace housekeeping.
The specific duties of plant operators depend on the type
2.2.2 PLANT OPERATORS AS EMERGENCY RESPONDERS and size of plant. In smaller plants, one operator may
control all machinery, perform sampling and lab analyses,
As mentioned, occasionally operators must work under keep records, handle customer complaints, troubleshoot
emergency conditions. Sometimes these emergency con- and make repairs, or perform routine maintenance. In
ditions are operational and not necessarily life threatening. some locations, operators may handle both water treat-
A good example occurs during a rain event when there ment and wastewater treatment operations. In larger plants
may be a temporary loss of electrical power and large with many employees, operators may be more specialized
and only monitor one unit process (e.g., a solids handling

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operator who operates and monitors an incinerator). Along or rotating shifts. Some overtime is occasionally required
with treatment operators, plant staffing may include envi- in emergencies.
ronmentalists, biologists, chemists, engineers, laboratory
technicians, maintenance operators, supervisors, clerical Over the years, statistical reports have related histor-
help, and various assistants. ical evidence showing that the water and wastewater
industry is an extremely unsafe occupational field. This
In the U.S., notwithstanding a certain amount of less than stellar safety performance has continued to dete-
downsizing brought on by privatization activites, employ- riorate even in the age of the Occupational Safety and
ment opportunities for water and wastewater operators Health Act of 1970.
have increased in number. The number of operators has
increased because of the ongoing construction of new The question is why is the water and wastewater treat-
water and wastewater and solids handling facilities. In ment industry’s OTJ injury rate so high? Several reasons
addition, operator jobs have increased because of water help to explain this high injury rate. First, all of the major
pollution standards that have become increasingly more classifications or hazards exist at water and wastewater
stringent since adoption of two major federal environmental treatment plants (typical exception radioactivity):
regulations: The Clean Water Act of 1972 (and subsequent
amendments), which implemented a national system of • Oxygen deficiency
regulation on the discharge of pollutants, and the Safe • Physical injuries
Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974, which established • Toxic gases and vapors
standards for drinking water. • Infections
• Fire
Operators are often hired in industrial facilities to • Explosion
monitor or pretreat wastes before discharge to municipal • Electrocution
treatment plants. These wastes must meet certain mini-
mum standards to ensure that they have been adequately Along with all the major classifications of hazards,
pretreated and will not damage municipal treatment facil- other factors cause the high incidence of injury in the
ities. Municipal water treatment plants also must meet water and wastewater industry. Some of these can be
stringent drinking water standards. This often means that attributed to:
additional qualified staff members must be hired to monitor
and treat/remove specific contaminants. Complicating the • Complex treatment systems
problem is the fact that the list of contaminants regulated • Shift work
by these regulations has grown over time. For example, • New employees
the 1996 SDWA Amendments include standards for mon- • Liberal workers’ compensation laws
itoring Giardia and Cryptosporidium, two biological • Absence of safety laws
organisms (protozoans) that cause health problems. Oper- • Absence of safe work practices and safety
ators must be familiar with the guidelines established by
federal regulations and how they affect their plant. In programs
addition to federal regulations, operators must be aware
of any guidelines imposed by the state or locality in which Experience has shown that a lack of well-managed
the treatment process operates. safety programs and safe work practices are major factors
causing the water and wastewater industry’s high inci-
Another unique factor related to water and wastewater dence of OTJ injuries.
operators is their working conditions. Water and waste-
water treatment plant operators work indoors and outdoors 2.3 OPERATOR CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE
in all kinds of weather. Operators’ work is physically
demanding and often is performed in unclean locations A high school diploma or its equivalency usually is
(hence, the emanation of the descriptive but inappropriate required as the entry-level credential to become a water or
title, sewer rat). They are exposed to slippery walkways; wastewater treatment plant operator-in-training. Operators
vapors; odors; heat; dust; and noise from motors, pumps, need mechanical aptitude and should be competent in basic
engines, and generators. They work with hazardous chem- mathematics, chemistry, and biology. They must have the
icals. In water and wastewater plants, operators may be ability to apply data to formulas of treatment requirements,
exposed to many bacterial and viral conditions. As men- flow levels, and concentration levels. Some basic familiar-
tioned, dangerous gases, such as methane and hydrogen ity with computers also is necessary because of the present
sulfide, could be present so they need to use proper safety trend toward computer-controlled equipment and more
gear. sophisticated instrumentation. Certain operator positions,
particularly in larger cities, are covered by civil service
Operators generally work a 5-day, 40-hour week. regulations. Applicants for these positions may be required
However, many treatment plants are in operation 24/7, and
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to pass a written examination testing mathematics skills, state licensure examinations are provided by various state
mechanical aptitude, and general intelligence. and local agencies. Many employers provide tuition assis-
tance for formal college training.
Because treatment operations are becoming more
complex, completion of an associate’s degree or 1-year Whether received from formal or informal sources,
certificate program in water quality and wastewater treat- training provided for or obtained by water and wastewater
ment technology is highly recommended. These creden- operators must include coverage of very specific sub-
tials increase an applicant’s chances for both employment ject/topic areas. Though much of their training is similar
and promotion. Advanced training programs are offered or the same, Tables 2.1 and 2.2 list many of the specific
throughout the country. They provide a good general specialized topics waterworks and wastewater operators
through advanced training on water and wastewater treat- are expected to have a fundamental knowledge.
ment processes, as well as basic preparation for becoming
a licensed operator. They also offer a wide range of com- Note: It is important to note that both water and
puter training courses. wastewater operators must have fundamental
knowledge of basic science and math operations.
New water and wastewater operators-in-training typ-
ically start out as attendants or assistants and learn the Note: For many water and wastewater operators,
practical aspects of their job under the direction of an crossover training or overlapping training is
experienced operator. They learn by observing, show-and- common practice.
tell, and doing routine tasks. These tasks can include
recording meter readings; taking samples of liquid waste TABLE 2.1
and sludge; and performing simple maintenance and repair Specialized Topics for Wastewater Operators
work on pumps, electrical motors, valves, and other plant
or system equipment. Larger treatment plants generally Wastewater math Fecal coliform testing
combine this OTJ training with formal classroom or self- Troubleshooting techniques Recordkeeping
paced study programs. Some large sanitation districts Preliminary treatment Flow measurement
operate their own 3- to 4-year apprenticeship schools. In Sedimentation Sludge dewatering
some of these programs, each year of apprenticeship Ponds Drying beds
school completed not only prepares the operator for the Trickling filters Centrifuges
next level of certification or licensure, but also satisfies a Rotating biological contactors Vacuum filtration
requirement for advancement to the next higher pay grade. Activated sludge Pressure filtration
Chemical treatment Sludge incineration
The SDWA Amendments of 1996, enforced by the Disinfection Land application of biosolids
EPA, specify national minimum standards for certification Solids thickening Laboratory procedures
(licensure) and recertification of operators of community Solids stabilization General safety
and nontransient, noncommunity water systems. As a
result, operators must pass an examination to certify that TABLE 2.2
they are capable of overseeing water and wastewater treat- Specialized Topics for Waterworks Operators
ment operations. There are different levels of certification
depending on the operator’s experience and training. Chemical addition Hydraulics — math
Higher certification levels qualify the operator for a wider Chemical feeders Laboratory practices
variety of treatment processes. Certification requirements Chemical feeders — math Measuring and control
vary by state and by size of treatment plants. Although Clarification Piping and valves
relocation may mean having to become certified in a new Coagulation — flocculation Public health
location, many states accept other states’ certifications. Corrosion control Pumps
Disinfection Recordkeeping
In an attempt to ensure the currentness of training and Disinfection — math General science
qualifications and to improve operators’ skills and knowl- Basic electricity and controls Electric motors
edge, most state drinking water and water pollution con- Filtration Finances
trol agencies offer on-going training courses. These Filtration — math Storage
courses cover principles of treatment processes and pro- Fluoridation Leak detection
cess control methods, laboratory practices, maintenance Fluoridation — math Hydrants
procedures, management skills, collection system opera- General safe work practices Cross connection control and
tion, general safe work practices, chlorination procedures,
sedimentation, biological treatment, sludge/biosolids Bacteriology backflow
treatment, biosolids land application and disposal, and Stream ecology
flow measurements. Correspondence courses covering
both water and wastewater operations and preparation for

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1. Spellman, F.R., Safe Work Practices for Wastewater
2.1. Briefly explain the causal factors behind the Treatment Plants, 2nd ed., Technomic Publ., Lancaster,
high incidence of OTJ injuries for water and PA, 2001, p. 2.
wastewater operators.
2. Job description and requirements taken from compilation
2.2. Why is computer literacy so important in of many requirements; many are from those described in
operating a modern water and wastewater []. Access-
treatment system? ed May 15, 2002.

2.3. Define CMMS.
2.4. List the necessary training requirement for

HAZMAT responders.
2.5. Specify the national minimum standard for

certification (licensure) and recertification for
water and wastewater operators.

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3 Water and Wastewater References,
Models, and Terminology

Living things depend on water, but water does not depend vious processes. In essence, what we are doing is starting
on living things. It has a life of its own. with a blank diagram and filling in unit processes as we
progress. We have found that beginning certain chapters
E.C. Pielou1 in this manner is important because the water and waste-
water treatment process is a series of individual steps (unit
3.1 SETTING THE STAGE processes) that treat the raw water or wastewater as it
makes its way through the entire process. This format
This handbook is a compilation or summary of informa- simply provides a pictorial presentation along with perti-
tion available in many expert sources. While we have nent written information, enhancing the learning process.
attempted to cover all aspects of water and wastewater
treatment system operation, let us point out that no one 3.3 KEY TERMS USED IN WATERWORKS
single handbook has all the information or all the answers. AND WASTEWATER OPERATIONS
Moreover, because of the physical limits of any written
text, some topics are only given cursory exposure and In order to learn water and wastewater treatment opera-
limited coverage. For those individuals seeking a more in tions (or any other technology for that matter), you must
depth treatment of specific topics germane to water and master the language associated with the technology.
wastewater treatment system operations, we recommend
consulting one or more of the references listed in Each technology has its own terms with its own accom-
Table 3.1, and any of the many other outstanding refer- panying definitions. Many of the terms used in water and
ences referred to throughout this text. wastewater treatment are unique; others combine words
from many different technologies and professions. One thing
3.2 TREATMENT PROCESS MODELS is certain: water and wastewater operators without a clear
understanding of the terms related to their profession are ill-
Figure 3.1 shows a basic schematic of the water treatment equipped to perform their duties in the manner required.
process. Other unit processes used in treatment of water
(e.g., fluoridation) are not represented in Figure 3.1; we Usually a handbook or text like this one includes a
discuss many of the other unit processes in detail within glossary of terms at the end of the work. In this handbook
the handbook. Figure 3.2 shows a basic schematic or we list and define many of the terms used right up front.
model of a wastewater treatment process that provides Our experience shows that an early introduction to key-
primary and secondary treatment using the activated words is a benefit to readers. An up-front introduction to
sludge process. In secondary treatment (which provides key terms facilitates a more orderly, logical, systematic
biochemical oxygen demand removal beyond what is learning activity. Those terms not defined in this section
achievable by simple sedimentation), three approaches are are defined as they appear in the text.
commonly used: trickling filter, activated sludge, and oxi-
dation ponds. We discuss these systems in detail later in Note: A short quiz on many of the following terms
the text. We also discuss biological nutrient removal and follows the end of this chapter.
standard tertiary or advanced wastewater treatment.
The purpose of the models shown in the figures and
their subsequent renditions in later chapters is to allow Absorb to take in. Many things absorb water.
readers to visually follow the water and wastewater treat- Acid rain the acidic rainfall that results when rain
ment process step-by-step as we present it later in the
written material. Figure 3.1 and Figure 3.2 help you under- combines with sulfur oxides emissions from
stand how all the various unit processes sequentially fol- combustion of fossil fuels (e.g., coal).
low and tie into each other. Thus, in chapters dealing with Acre-feet (acre-foot) an expression of water quantity.
unit processes, we show Figures 3.1 and Figure 3.2 with One acre-foot will cover one acre of ground 1 ft
the applicable process under discussion added to any pre- deep. An acre-foot contains 43,560 ft3, 1,233 m3,
or 325,829 gal (U.S.). Also abbreviated as ac-ft.

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1. Kerri, K.D. et al., Small Water System Operation and Maintenance, 4th ed., California State University,
Sacramento, 1997.

2. Kerri, K.D. et al., Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance, California State University,
Sacramento, 1994.

3. Kerri, K.D. et al., Water Treatment Plant Operation, Vols. 1 and 2, California State University, Sacramento,

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6. Centers for Disease Control, Water Fluoridation, self-study course #3017-G, Atlanta, GA, 1998.
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(where applicable).
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Publ., Lancaster, PA, 1999–2000.
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Technomic Publ., Lancaster, PA, 2001.
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California State University, Sacramento, 1993.

Addition of

Water Mixing Flocculation Settling Sand To Storage and
Supply Tank Basin Tank Filter Distribution


Sludge Disinfection

FIGURE 3.1 The water treatment model. (From Spellman, F.R., The Handbook for Waterworks Operator Certification, Vol. 1,
Technomic Publ., Lancaster, PA, 2001.)

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Primary Treatment Secondary Treatment

Influent Air Chlorine Effluent

Collection Screening and Grit Primary Aeration Secondary Chlorine
System Comminution Chamber Settling Settling Contact Tank

Grit Activated Sludge


Thickener Anaerobic Sludge
Digester Dewatering


FIGURE 3.2 Schematic of conventional wastewater treatment process. (From Spellman, F.R., Spellman’s Standard Handbook for
Wastewater Operators, Vol. 1, Technomic Publ., Lancaster, PA, 1999.)

Activated carbon derived from vegetable or animal Aerobic conditions in which free, elemental oxygen
materials by roasting in a vacuum furnace. Its is present. Also used to describe organisms,
porous nature gives it a very high surface area biological activity, or treatment processes that
per unit mass, as much as 1,000 m2/g, which is require free oxygen.
10 million times the surface area of 1 g of water
in an open container. Used in adsorption (see Agglomeration floc particles colliding and gathering
definition), activated carbon adsorbs substances into a larger settleable mass.
that are not or are only slightly adsorbed by
other methods. Air gap the air space between the free-flowing dis-
charge end of a supply pipe and an unpressur-
Activated sludge the solids formed when micro- ized receiving vessel.
organisms are used to treat wastewater using
the activated sludge treatment process. It Algae bloom a phenomenon whereby excessive nutri-
includes organisms, accumulated food materi- ents within a river, stream, or lake causes an
als, and waste products from the aerobic explosion of plant life that results in the deple-
decomposition process. tion of the oxygen in the water needed by fish
and other aquatic life. Algae bloom is usually
Advanced wastewater treatment treatment tech- the result of urban runoff (of lawn fertilizers,
nology to produce an extremely high-quality etc.). The potential tragedy is that of a “fish kill,”
discharge. where the stream life dies in one mass execution.

Adsorption the adhesion of a substance to the surface Alum aluminum sulfate, a standard coagulant used in
of a solid or liquid. Adsorption is often used to water treatment.
extract pollutants by causing them to attach to
such adsorbents as activated carbon or silica Ambient the expected natural conditions that occur in
gel. Hydrophobic (water-repulsing) adsorbents water unaffected or uninfluenced by human
are used to extract oil from waterways in oil activities.
Anaerobic conditions in which no oxygen (free or
Aeration the process of bubbling air through a solu- combined) is available. Also used to describe
tion, sometimes cleaning water of impurities by organisms, biological activity, or treatment pro-
exposure to air. cesses that function in the absence of oxygen.

Anoxic conditions in which no free, elemental oxygen
is present. The only source of oxygen is com-
bined oxygen, such as that found in nitrate com-

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pounds. Also used to describe biological activity view the term sludge as an ugly, inappropriate
of treatment processes that function only in the four-letter word to describe biosolids. Biosolids
presence of combined oxygen. is a product that can be reused; it has some
Aquifer a water-bearing stratum of permeable rock, value. Because biosolids has value, it certainly
sand, or gravel. should not be classified as a waste product, and
Aquifer system a heterogeneous body of introduced when biosolids for beneficial reuse is
permeable and less permeable material that addressed, it is made clear that it is not.
acts as a water-yielding hydraulic unit of
regional extent. Biota all the species of plants and animals indigenous
Artesian water a well tapping a confined or artesian to a certain area.
aquifer in which the static water level stands
above the top of the aquifer. The term is some- Boiling point the temperature at which a liquid boils.
times used to include all wells tapping confined The temperature at which the vapor pressure
water. Wells with water level above the water of a liquid equals the pressure on its surface. If
table are said to have positive artesian head the pressure of the liquid varies, the actual boil-
(pressure), and those with water level below the ing point varies. The boiling point of water is
water table have negative artesian head. 212°F or 100°C.
Average monthly discharge limitation the highest
allowable discharge over a calendar month. Breakpoint point at which chlorine dosage satisfies
Average weekly discharge limitation t h e h i g h e s t chlorine demand.
allowable discharge over a calendar week.
Backflow reversal of flow when pressure in a service Breakthrough in filtering, when unwanted materials
connection exceeds the pressure in the distribu- start to pass through the filter.
tion main.
Backwash fluidizing filter media with water, air, or a Buffer a substance or solution that resists changes in
combination of the two so that individual grains pH.
can be cleaned of the material that has accu-
mulated during the filter run. Calcium carbonate compound principally responsi-
Bacteria any of a number of one-celled organisms, ble for hardness.
some of which cause disease.
Bar screen a series of bars formed into a grid used to Calcium hardness portion of total hardness caused
screen out large debris from influent flow. by calcium compounds.
Base a substance that has a pH value between 7 and 14.
Basin a groundwater reservoir defined by the overly- Carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD5)
ing land surface and underlying aquifers that the amount of biochemical oxygen demand that
contain water stored in the reservoir. can be attributed to carbonaceous material.
Beneficial use of water the use of water for any ben-
eficial purpose. Such uses include domestic use, Carbonate hardness caused primarily by compounds
irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife, fire pro- containing carbonate.
tection, navigation, power, industrial use, etc.
The benefit varies from one location to another Chemical oxygen demand (COD) the amount of
and by custom. What constitutes beneficial use chemically oxidizable materials present in the
is often defined by statute or court decisions. wastewater.
Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) t h e o x y g e n
used in meeting the metabolic needs of aerobic Chlorination disinfection of water using chlorine as
microorganisms in water rich in organic matter. the oxidizing agent.
Biosolids from (1977) solid organic matter recovered
from a sewage treatment process and used espe- Clarifier a device designed to permit solids to settle
cially as fertilizer (or soil amendment); usually or rise and be separated from the flow. Also
used in plural (from Merriam-Webster’s Colle- known as a settling tank or sedimentation basin.
giate Dictionary, 10th ed., 1998).
Coagulation the neutralization of the charges of col-
Note: In this text, biosolids is used in many loidal matter.
places (activated sludge being the exception) to
replace the standard term sludge. The authors Coliform a type of bacteria used to indicate possible
human or animal contamination of water.
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Combined sewer a collection system that carries both
wastewater and stormwater flows.

Comminution a process to shred solids into smaller,
less harmful particles.

Composite sample a combination of individual sam-
ples taken in proportion to flow.

Connate water pressurized water trapped in the pore
spaces of sedimentary rock at the time it was
deposited. It is usually highly mineralized.

Consumptive use (1) the quantity of water absorbed
by crops and transpired or used directly in the
building of plant tissue, together with the water

evaporated from the cropped area; (2) the quan- offensive odors. Excessive organic matter
tity of water transpired and evaporated from a present in water because of inadequate waste
cropped area or the normal loss of water from treatment and runoff from agricultural or urban
the soil by evaporation and plant transpiration; land generally causes low DO.
(3) the quantity of water discharged to the atmo- Dissolved solids the total amount of dissolved inor-
sphere or incorporated in the products of the ganic material contained in water or wastes.
process in connection with vegetative growth, Excessive dissolved solids make water unsuit-
food processing, or an industrial process. able for drinking or industrial uses.
Contamination (water) damage to the quality of Domestic consumption (use) water used for house-
water sources by sewage, industrial waste, or hold purposes such as washing, food prepara-
other material. tion, and showers. The quantity (or quantity per
Cross-connection a connection between a storm drain capita) of water consumed in a municipality or
system and a sanitary collection system, district for domestic uses or purposes during a
between two sections of a collection system to given period, it sometimes encompasses all uses,
handle anticipated overloads of one system, or including the quantity wasted, lost, or otherwise
between drinking (potable) water and an unsafe unaccounted for.
water supply or sanitary collection system. Drawdown lowering the water level by pumping. It is
Daily discharge the discharge of a pollutant measured measured in feet for a given quantity of water
during a calendar day or any 24-hour period pumped during a specified period, or after the
that reasonably represents a calendar day for pumping level has become constant.
the purposes of sampling. Limitations Drinking water standards established by state agen-
expressed as weight are total mass (weight) dis- cies, U.S. Public Health Service, and Environ-
charged over the day. Limitations expressed in mental Protection Agency (EPA) for drinking
other units are average measurement of the water in the U.S..
day. Effluent something that flows out, usually a polluting
Daily maximum discharge the highest allowable val- gas or liquid discharge.
ues for a daily discharge. Effluent limitation any restriction imposed by the
Darcy’s Law an equation for the computation of the regulatory agency on quantities, discharge
quantity of water flowing through porous rates, or concentrations of pollutants discharged
media. Darcy’s Law assumes that the flow is from point sources into state waters.
laminar and that inertia can be neglected. The Energy in scientific terms, the ability or capacity of
law states that the rate of viscous flow of homog- doing work. Various forms of energy include
enous fluids through isotropic porous media is kinetic, potential, thermal, nuclear, rotational,
proportional to, and in the direction of, the and electromagnetic. One form of energy may
hydraulic gradient. be changed to another, as when coal is burned
Detention time the theoretical time water remains in to produce steam to drive a turbine that pro-
a tank at a give flow rate. duces electric energy.
Dewatering the removal or separation of a portion of Erosion the wearing away of the land surface by wind,
water present in a sludge or slurry. water, ice or other geologic agents. Erosion
Diffusion the process by which both ionic and molec- occurs naturally from weather or runoff, but is
ular species dissolved in water move from areas often intensified by human land use practices.
of higher concentration to areas of lower con- Eutrophication the process of enrichment of water
centration. bodies by nutrients. Eutrophication of a lake nor-
Discharge monitoring report (DMR) the monthly mally contributes to its slow evolution into a bog
report required by the treatment plant’s or marsh and ultimately to dry land. Eutrophi-
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Sys- cation may be accelerated by human activities,
tem (NPDES) discharge permit. thereby speeding up the aging process.
Disinfection water treatment process that kills patho- Evaporation the process by which water becomes a
genic organisms. vapor at a temperature below the boiling point.
Disinfection by-products (DBPs) c h e m i c a l c o m - Facultative organisms that can survive and function
pounds formed by the reaction of disinfectant in the presence or absence of free, elemental
with organic compounds in water. oxygen.
Dissolved oxygen (DO) the amount of oxygen dis- Fecal coliform the portion of the coliform bacteria
solved in water or sewage. Concentrations of group that is present in the intestinal tracts and
less than 5 ppm can limit aquatic life or cause feces of warm-blooded animals.

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