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Water Industry Fundamentals
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Water Industry Fundamentals

2-Day Training Course. A comprehensive examination of current regulatory developments, industry structures & trends together with water system optimisation & planning, water recycling & treatment initiatives, capital works delivery & operations & maintenance

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Key issues and industry trends
  • How our water and wastewater systems work
  • Water resource planning
  • Strategic system planning for water and wastewater
  • Water recycling and integrated water cycle management
  • Capital works delivery
  • Operation and maintenance considerations

About the Course

This course will provide a new or relatively new participant in the water and wastewater field with a clear understanding of the fundamental structure, technical components and operation of the sector together with the key issues facing the industry. The course will consider the water industry as a whole but will have a particular focus on urban water. At an introductory level, the major business processes in the industry will be discussed, including the establishment of customer service objectives, strategic planning to address those objectives, project delivery including capital works and ultimately the operations and management of the multibillion dollar infrastructure that has evolved in Australia over the past 100 years or more.

Particular consideration will be given to key trends facing the industry, including the current political landscape, the determination of water supply capacity and contingency planning considerations, integrated water cycle management, water recycling for nonpotable and indirect potable use, desalination and environmental discharge standards for treated wastewater.

Who Will Benefit

  • Technical professionals entering the water industry
  • Professionals in allied fields moving to the water industry
  • Marketing and communications professionals
  • Those providing services to the water industry
  • Potential investors in the water industry

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

Examining key issues facing the water industry

  • The balance between consumptive use and environmental impact
  • Drought, climate change and managing our water resource
  • Community attitudes and standards of service
  • Sustainability of irrigation practices
  • The National Water Initiative
  • Water pricing and water trading

How our water and wastewater systems work

  • Sources of water
  • Overview of water supply systems
  • Abstraction, treatment, distribution, storage and reticulation
  • Accommodating variations in water demand
  • Overview of wastewater systems
  • Collection systems, storage structures, pumped systems and treatment
  • Effluent recycling and release

Overview of water resource planning

  • Triple-bottom-line objectives and analysis criteria
  • Economic and financial assessments
  • ARMCANZ criteria – upper and lower bounds, full cost recovery
  • Net present value
  • Activity 1: Where your water comes from & what it’s worth

Strategic system planning for water

  • End-use modelling and consumption forecasting
  • Catchments and yield
  • Water availability and diversity of supply
  • Alternative approaches to service standards

Water treatment processes

  • Examining typical processes
  • Issues in water treatment
  • Membrane treatment
  • Desalination – seawater and other sources

Operational considerations in water

  • Understanding system operations
  • Characterising demand and non-revenue water
  • Maintaining water quality including HACCP
  • Customer service standards and service objectives
  • Infrastructure security
  • Emergency response strategies
  • Activity 2: Service levels & alternative approaches to reliability

Strategic system planning for wastewater

  • Why do we bother? Health and environmental objectives
  • Standards of service
  • Flow generation, including inflow and infiltration
  • Trade wastes
  • Sewerage strategies and options assessment

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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
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