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Water Treatment Processes and Plants, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 days
The Water Treatment Processes and Plants short course from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education offers participants the opportunity to creatively apply their knowledge and experience in water quality and water treatment methods.


The Water Treatment Processes and Plants short course is offered by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  • apply (gained) knowledge and experience regarding water quality and treatment methods in design, operation & maintenance and rehabilitation of conventional water treatment processes and plants;
  • analyse water quality data and to select the most attractive raw water resource;
  • design and engineer a water treatment plant (conventional and advanced) for both groundwater and surface water treatment);
  • execute plant performance studies and to evaluate results, as well as to propose improvements in order to rehabilitate a malfunctioning plant;
  • show professional knowledge and know-how for operating (process & quality control, troubleshooting) and maintaining water treatment plants;
  • acquire and improve their skills on problem solving, decision making, oral presentations, writing reports, working in small task forces.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Water Treatment Processes and Plants: Raw water and drinking water quality aspects. Conventional treatment processes for groundwater and surface water. Introduction to process, plant and plant-site design.
  • Process modelling: Identification of model structure and parameters; integrated hydraulic, water quality models; use of the Stimela model for the design of drinking water plants.
  • Design exercise: Identification of water resources, comparison and evaluation of various treatment methods and processes for ground and surface water, calculation water demand, process design, calculation achieved drinking water quality, calculation of cost, engineering details.
  • Operation & Maintenance of Water Treatment Plants: Importance of adequate O&M, O&M of individual units, equipment and plants, trouble shooting, organising O&M, safety aspects, cost of O&M, O&M at plants in rural areas.


              Young professionals dealing with drinking water treatment plants, who are mainly employed in water authorities or consulting companies. Staff involved in education and training in the drinking water sector will also benefit from this course. The programme is particularly advised for specialists from developing and newly industrialised countries.


              Saroj Sharma, Associate Professor of Water Supply Engineering

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


                C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

              Academic Requirements

              You should at least have a Bachelor of Science degree, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                2850 EUR/full
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                2850 EUR/full
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

              Living costs for Delft

              • 780 - 1160 EUR/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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