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Introduction to Wastewater, Treatment & Handling Sludges

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 31 March and Wednesday, 1 April 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €700
    Non-Members: €840

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    13 hours   C1


Course Overview

This new course will provide attendees with an understanding of the different stages of treatment in a wastewater and anaerobic digestion plant.  It will cover examples in domestic and industrial applications (e.g. food and beverage) and expected performance based upon real world data.  Key performance indicators along with common operational challenges and solutions are covered, along with numerous proprietary technologies.

Learning is delivered through a combination of lectures, individual and group worked examples.

Course aim

To provide an overview of all aspects of characterizing, treating and optimizing wastewater and sludge treatment plants.  The course will focus on different technologies, their advantages, disadvantages and appropriateness for achieving consent standards, energy generation and recycling targets.

Course objectives

After the course participants should be able to:

  • Explain the tests used to define wastewater characteristics (BOD, COD, solids, phosphorus, nitrogen) and what different values mean.
  • Map the layout of a typical treatment plant and the importance of return liquors upon flows and loads.
  • Understand the basic principles of aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment and metrics used to measure performance.
  • Identify the differences and commonalities between proprietary technologies for wastewater, AD, sludge and liquor treatment.

Course Programme

Day 1 – Wastewater & wastewater treatment

  • What is it? Tests used to characterise and quantify wastewater. Differences between domestic and industrial wastewaters.
  • Consent limits and future drivers for investment
  • Flow and load – terminology (e.g. population equivalence, dry weather flow), how to undertake a flow and composition study, relationships in the data and what they mean.
  • The wastewater treatment works,
    Part 1 – preliminary & primary treatment – (Screens, grit removal, primary sedimentation)
    Part 2 – Secondary biological treatment – (Activated sludge, SBR, MBR, MBBR, trickling filters)
    Part 3 – Tertiary treatment (solids and phosphorus removal, disinfection)

Day 2 – Handling Sludges: 

  • Different types of sludge produced (SAS, primary, food waste, industrial, humus, imports)
  • Understanding what happens to sludges when they are processed (storage, thickening, dewatering, anaerobic digestion)
  • Liquor treatment processes – removing nitrogen, BOD and phosphorus
  • The opportunity to recover nitrogen and phosphorus

Who should attend

This introductory course is aimed at those people with an interest in or new to wastewater and sludge.  It is suitable for those working on domestic or industrial wastewater treatment plants.  The course will focus on the principles of treatment, operation and control and also covers a wide range of technologies in the marketplace.

Trainer Profile

Matthew Smyth  BSc, MRes, MBA, MCIWEM CSci CWEM

Technical Director, Aqua Enviro

Matt has been in wastewater and sludge for twenty years and works with water companies, industry and waste producers to develop and implement solutions.  In the late 1990’s he began his career working on pilot and full-scale Sequencing Batch Reactors, developing, then commissioning carbonaceous and nitrification control strategies, that have been widely adopted in plants in the UK and Ireland.  He has subsequently worked closely with many anaerobic and advanced anaerobic digestion facilities treating wastewater and food waste materials, dewatering the digestate and handling the liquors produced.  He presents and publishes regularly at industry recognized conferences including Aqua Enviro’s European Biosolids & Organics and European Wastewater Management Conferences.  He is a member of the CIWEM Wastewater Management Panel and the ADBA Training, Safety & Environment Working Group.  Matt has delivered over 2000 training days on these topics (1 training day is when 1 person attends 1 course for 1 day).

Make a Booking

31 March 2020


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.