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Dr. Peter Shanahan


The course examines the needs for water quality and how to achieve it by drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, and other water-quality control strategies. The emphasis of the course is on principles and theory.


Homework 30%
Take-home Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
Design Problem 20%

Regular attendance and class participation will be considered in assigning final grades.

Collaboration on homework is permitted - please list your collaborators. Homework solutions will be posted one week after graded homework is returned - you can submit corrected homework for re-grading prior to posting of solutions.


Readings are intended as a supplement to lectures and are probably most beneficial if completed before each lecture.

Reynolds, T. D., and P. A. Richards. Unit Operations and Processes in Environmental Engineering. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: PWS Publishing Company, 1996. ISBN: 0534948847.


Mara, D. Domestic Wastewater Treatment in Developing Countries. London, UK: Earthscan, 2003. ISBN: 1844070190.
Far more general than the title implies, this reference provides very clear descriptions of the characteristics of wastewater and the fundamentals of treatment.

Viessman, W., Jr., and M. J. Hammer. Water Supply and Pollution Control. 7th ed. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. ISBN: 0131409700.

Tchobanoglous, G., F. L. Burton, and H. D. Stensel. Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse. 4th ed. Metcalf and Eddy Inc., New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0070418780.

MWH Staff. Water Treatment: Principles and Design. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Wiley, 2005. ISBN: 0471110183.