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An Introduction to Industrial Wastewater Collection and Treatment

COURSE NO: C03-038
An Introduction to Industrial Wastewater Collection and Treatment
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to the technology, systems and design practices for industrial wastewater collection and treatment.  Industrial waste should be collected in a manner that avoids unsafe conditions to personnel, equipment and facilities. Industrial wastes should either be pretreated sufficiently to be accommodated in a domestic wastewater collection and treatment system, or provided with a separate collection and treatment system.


Bench scale or pilot plant treatability studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed physical, chemical or biological unit processes may be needed for the design of industrial waste treatment facilities. These studies should be conducted on the waste stream, if available, or on an equivalent waste stream at another facility. As a minimum, jar tests should be conducted prior to chemical process design to determine the reactor design criteria, process control and operating strategy, sludge production, and sludge characteristics.


Using new membrane technologies, consideration must be made for brine generation that can be nonhazardous and discharged directly to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW). Pilot and bench scale studies should simulate the complete series of proposed unit process treatment steps using the same wastewater sample. This will identify any adverse effects of upstream treatment processes on subsequent treatment steps.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for civil and environmental engineers and other design and construction professionals seeking an introduction to the principles of collection and treatment of industrial wastewater.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the characteristics of conventional and toxic pollutants
  • Learning about effluent discharge limits
  • Learning about pretreatment regulations
  • Learning about isolation and collection systems for chrome and phenol containing wastewaters, for cyanide containing wastewaters, and for mixed acid and alkaline-content wastewaters
  • Knowing the approaches to flow and load equalization
  • Understanding the principles of equalization basin design and construction
  • Learning about limits on biological treatment processes
  • Understanding the basics of bioassay procedures
  • Knowing the fundamentals of gravity and pressure collection systems for industrial wastewater
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Industrial Wastewater Collection and Treatment".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Industrial Wastewater Collection and Treatment (2.18 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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