Water Treatment

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Water Treatment program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of working in the Water Treatment and Distribution field. Courses are designed to prepare students by developing skills in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant and a water distribution system. This program will also instruct students in effective preparation, analysis and interpretation of water samples, along with the public control components of the water cycle.


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Field of Interest: 
Applied Technology
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2017 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

This program will be replaced by: CCL/5136 Water and Wastewater Treatment

Admission criteria

A high school diploma OR GED equivalency is required. Math assessment score on District placement exam placing students into MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or higher level math course.

Academic Plan: 
Water Treatment (CER)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
OSH106AAIndustrial Safety3
WRT100Introduction to Water Resources3
WRT110Principles of Water Treatment Plant Operations3
WRT115Water Technology Calculations3
WRT134Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance3
WRT140Water Quality for Treatment Industry3
WRT140LLWater Quality for Treatment Industry Laboratory1
WRT190AAWater Resources Technologies Seminar1
WRT204Water/Wastewater Maintenance/Mechanical Systems (3) OR
WRT205Power and Instrumentation (3)3
  • Demonstrate computer skills. (BPC110, CIS105)
  • Maintain a safe working environment as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. (OSH106AA)
  • Describe the stages of the natural and societal water cycles and the public controls components of the societal water cycle. (WRT100, WRT110)
  • Describe the composition, characteristics and properties of water. (WRT100, WRT110, WRT140)
  • Define specific terms associated with water resources computations and data analysis. (WRT115)
  • Calculate specific mathematical problems associated with water resources. (WRT115)
  • Describe and list examples of chemical, physical, biological principles and processes as applied to water treatment. (WRT110)
  • List the criteria by which water quality is judged for potable, industrial and agricultural use. (WRT110, WRT140)
  • Prepare, analyze, interpret and report results of water sample testing. (WRT110, WRT115, WRT134, WRT140, WRT140LL)
  • Describe the types, functions, layout of and equipment used in water treatment and distribution facilities. (WRT110, WRT134)
  • Explain procedures for startup, operation, maintenance and shutdown of various water treatment and distribution processes and equipment. (WRT110, WRT134)
  • Describe the areas of safety to be considered in water treatment, storage, distribution, and laboratory testing. (WRT110, WRT134, WRT140)
  • List job opportunities, qualifications, and certification requirements of water treatment plant and distribution operators. (WRT110, WRT134, WRT190AA)
  • Describe the Safe Water Drinking Act and its implementation. (WRT110, WRT140)
  • Compute water systems calculations. (WRT115)
  • List and describe factors considered in determining water distribution needs and systems design. (WRT134)
  • Identify and describe the common diseases associated with water supply and distribution and identify methods employed by the industry to survey and control disease transmission. (WRT134, WRT140)
  • Apply chemistry/biological principles to the operation and monitoring of Water Treatment and Distribution systems. (WRT140, WRT140LL)
  • Demonstrate proper operation, maintenance, and care of water treatment equipment. (WRT204, WRT205)

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