Water pollution in aquatic environment; water/wastewater Infrastructure systems; storm water management; water reclamation and reuse

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ENE 510

Water Quality Management and Practice

Spring 2014

Catalogue Description: Surface and ground water quality and resource management;

Water pollution in aquatic environment; water/wastewater

Infrastructure systems; storm water management; water

reclamation and reuse.

Prerequisite: Department approval

Instructor: Professor Mike Pirbazari (Dr. P)

Office: KAP 260; Phone: (213) 740-0592

E-mail: pirbazar@usc.edu

Office Hours: to be determined
Class Location: KAP 141
Class Hours: Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:10pm

Grading Criteria: Two Midterm Exams 30 % (15% each)

Final Exam 20%

Homework assignments 15 %

Term project and presentation 25 %

Class participation 10 %


100 %

Textbook:Water and Wastewater Technology” by Hammer and Hammer,

7th ed., Prentice Hall, 2012

Class Notes: “Class Notes” by M. Pirbazari, 2014. You can find the class notes

on Blackboard.

Academic Integrity:

The use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student, and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work is unacceptable to the university. It is often difficult to distinguish between a culprit act and inadvertent behavior resulting from the nervous tension accompanying examinations. When the professor determines that a violation has occurred, appropriate action, as determined by the instructor, will be taken.

Although working together in encouraged, all work claimed as yours must in fact be your own effort. Students who plagiarize the work of other students will receive zero points and possibly be referred to Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards (SJACS).
All students should read , understand, and abide by the University Student Conduct listed in SCampus, and available at:


Students with Disabilities:
Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DPS) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DPS. Please be sure the letter is delivered to your instructor as early in the semester as possible. DPS is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The phone number for DPS is (213) 740-0776.

ENE 510

Water Quality Management and Practice

Spring 2014

Course Syllabus

  1. Background: Water Quality and Pollution (2 weeks)
● Quality of surface waters

● Water quality in flowing waters

● Water quality in impounded waters

● Groundwater quality

● Water quality standards

● Microbiological quality of drinking water

● Chemical quality of drinking water

  1. Sustainability in Water Distribution and Treatment ( 2 weeks)

● Water distribution infrastructure

  • trenchless pipe installation methods

  • backflow prevention

● Disinfection and disinfection byproducts

Advanced oxidation processes

● Membrane Processes

● Removal of endocrine disrupter chemicals (EDCs)

  1. Sustainability in Wastewater Collection and Treatment (1 week)

● Wastewater collection infrastructure

● Biological wastewater treatment infrastructure

  • conventional treatment

  • advanced treatment

● Biofiltration for odor causing chemicals

● Sludge Treatment

  • anaerobic

  • aerobic

● Sludge dewatering and disposal

● Natural and constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment

  1. Sustainability in Water Reclamation and Reuse (3 weeks)
Limitation of conventional treatment

Suspended solids removal

Chemical-biological phosphorus removal

Biological nitrification-denitrification

Activated carbon adsorption

Membrane processes

Wastewater reclamation and reuse

  1. Stormwater Management and Sustainability (3 weeks)
Overview of storm water discharge

Pollutants in storm water discharges

Goals of storm water best management practices (BMP)

Flow control

Pollutant removal

Pollutant source reduction

BMP selection

Monitoring BMP effectiveness

Effectiveness of BMPs in managing urban runoffs

Costs and benefits of storm water BMPs

Storm water treatment practices

Wetlands for storm water treatment

  1. Groundwater Management and Sustainability (2 week)
Watershed management

Groundwater recharge

  • recharge with treated sewage

  • recharge with storm water

  • water quality issues

  1. Water Sustainability in Buildings (1 week)

Rainwater collection systems

Water reuse in buildings

Roof-top gardens

  1. Industrial Waste Treatment and Sustainability (2 weeks)

Oil refinery wastewater

Chemical industry wastewater

Metal finishing wastewater

Food industry wastewater

Pharmaceutical wastewater

Animal farm/husbandry wastewater

The following videos (20 to 30 minutes long) will be shown in class

  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention

  • Ground Water
  • The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?

  • Rivers, Erosion and Deposition

  • Groundwater Bioremediation

  • Orange County Water Reclamation & Groundwater Recharge

  • We All Live Downstream

  • Water Desalination

  • Water Recycling

  • Clean Water: What Is It Worth

ENE 510

Water Quality Management and Practice

Spring 2014

Term Project Presentation

Each student group (2 students in each group) will be required to present a term project, which will constitute 25% of the semester grade. A list of suggested topics is provided below. Students are required to submit a choice of topic by January 22nd, 2014. Students are expected to give a 5-minute oral presentation about their term project on April 2nd, 2014

A 20-22 minute Powerpoint presentation on the term project topic is mandatory. Student presentations will be made in class on April 30th and Dec. 4th , 2014.

Term Project Topics

  1. Potential Use of Southern California Wetlands for Water Quality Control and Sustainability Issues

  1. Storm Water Management in the Los Angeles Area and Sustainability Issues

  1. Water Reclamation and Reuse in Los Angeles County with Sustainability Consideration

  1. Groundwater Management in Orange County and Sustainability Evaluation

  1. Effect of the Proposed Red Sea – Dead Sea Water Conduit on the Quality of Groundwater and Seawater with Sustainability Consideration

  1. Water Sustainability in Residential and Commercial Buildings

  1. Water Infrastructure Sustainability in Cities

Effective Class Participation

Please note the following suggestions for effective class participation:

  1. Make every effort to interact with your class partner(s).

  1. Try to stay active throughout the class period.

  1. Don’t hesitate to ask questions in class.

  1. Share your ideas with the rest of us.

  1. Don’t hesitate to ask the instructor to repeat himself.

  1. Keep an eye on your partner not to fall asleep in class!!

  1. Try to bring new ideas to class.

  1. Don’t read unrelated materials in class.

  1. Share your ideas for class improvement with your instructor.

10) Put your fair share of efforts in preparing the term projects and the term paper. Be

cooperative at all times.
11) Discuss your term paper and term project with the instructor periodically.
12) Come to class prepared.
13) Help your instructor make the class interesting.

  1. Discuss your concerns and problems (if any) about the course with the instructor. He will do his best to accommodate your suggestions.

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