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Membrane Bioreactors (MBR) for Water Reclamation

COURSE NO: C07-003
Membrane Bioreactors (MBR) for Water Reclamation
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH study provides the student with information on MBR design and operation and information about four leading MBR equipment manufacturers.


The use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, which combines conventional activated sludge treatment with low pressure membrane filtration, has been proven to be a feasible and efficient method of producing reclaimed water. The membrane component of the MBR process eliminates the need for a clarifier and is performed using low-pressure membranes such as microfiltration (MF) or ultrafiltration (UF). MBR technology offers several advantages to conventional wastewater treatment including reduced footprint, consistent and superior effluent water quality and ease of operation.


A pilot study was conducted by the US Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate the MBR technology for its potential application to water reclamation. The main purpose of the study was to evaluate several leading manufacturers in an effort to encourage competition within the MBR industry. In addition, the study focused on optimizing MBR operation for water reclamation. The study included a parallel comparison of four leading MBR suppliers.


This 7 PDH online course is intended for engineers, state regulators, and water treatment professional. It provides information on MBR design, operation, and costs.  It will also assist those professionals that work in the area of upgrading and expansions of existing water and wastewater facilities or the design of new facilities. The course is suitable for a student with basic water treatment knowledge or for an advanced student that needs to brush up on water treatment basics.

Learning Objectives

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

  • General requirements of the USEPA Clean Water Act
  • MBR performance evaluations
  • Knowledge of MBR technology and equipment
  • Wastewater treatment and MBR design criteria
  • O&M  requirements and costs of MBR systems
  • Support information for determining MBR applications
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course you will need to review the Department of Interior, "Optimization of Various MBR Systems for Water Reclamation, Phase III, Final Technical Report", as well as "Appendix A" to this report.

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Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five (35) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. Twenty five (25) of the thirty five (35) questions will be based on the main DOI document. The final ten (10) questions will be based on Appendix A involving economics and visual identification of the different membrane units.

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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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