Advanced Water Treatment





Offered by

Supply Engineering




Completion of semester 1-4 in Climate and Supply Engineering or similar.

Main purpose

Through information retrieval, discussions, presentations and laboratory exercises to provide the student with knowledge in and hands-on experience with current topics related to drinking water quality. The focus will be on drinking water treatment methods more advanced than the traditional aeration and bio-sand filter.
The methods may be filtration, sorption, precipitation, disinfection, etc.​


  • Describe various aspects of deterioration of drinking water quality (physical, chemical and micro-biological)
  • Describe different contamination scenarios
  • Have knowledge of drinking water quality criteria (Danish/European drinking water legislation, and supplemental parameters)
  • Understand principles of drinking water sampling
  • Understand principles of drinking water analyses (physical, chemical and microbiological)
  • Understand the use of extended water treatment methods


  • Sample and characterize drinking water samples with respect to physical, chemical and microbiological parameters
  • Obtain and evaluate empirical data from laboratory experiments
  • Report results from laboratory analyses
  • Compare and evaluate the application of physical, chemical and microbiological drinking water analyses
  • Retrieve relevant information on current topics related to drinking water quality such as softening, pesticides, etc.
  • Extract and evaluate data of drinking water analyses from the Jupiter database


  • Analyze a situation with undesirable drinking water quality including: How to collect data and select the appropriate analyses, How to cope with the consumers and the legislation, etc.
  • Design methods for advanced drinking water treatment depending on a given water types chemical composition and challenges.
  • Design laboratory experiments to analyse the applicability of a proposed treatment method.
  • Economic assessment of proposed methods.


The specific topics (treatment methods) will be decided in the beginning of the course depending on relevance and actuality. A written report must be handed in for all chosen topics.

Teaching methods and study activities

Lectures and seminars.
Production of 3-5 reports based on the chosen topics.
Presentations made by students.
Individual information retrieval, laboratory work, data analysis, discussions in groups assisted by the lecturer, self-study, homework assignments.
137.5 hours of work for the student.
Study Activity Model
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:
Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 10%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 75%
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 10%
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 5%


Peer reviewed papers depending on topics.
Databases such as PC-Jupiter
Søborg, D. and Glab. A. 2018. Laboratory practicals.




Course assignments handed in before deadline.

Type of examination:
Individual oral exam without preparation based upon course assignments.
The exam is in the form of an internal assessment.

Allowed tools:
All tools allowed


Grading criteria

Grading based on the Danish 7 point scale.
Based on 1. Experimental reports (account for 50%) 2. Oral examination in reports (account for 50%)

Additional information



Henrik Bjørn

Valid from

8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

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