Cool Clear Water: Wastewater Treatment -CANCELLED


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26

The course takes the class from the flush of the toilet to the discharge into Long Island Sound.  A description of the purification process is described and history and future of wastewater treatment is discussed. The treatment facility must be capable of processing anything that comes down the pipe while discharging a consistent effluent within strict environmental standards. A tour of Norwalk’s wastewater treatment plant is included. 

Syllabus: Cool Clear Water: Wastewater Treatment
Lewis Clark

Week 1: Nomenclature and definitions
Potable water treatment
Septic tank design
From House to Treatment Plant

Week 2: First stages of treatment: bar screen and degritting
Primary treatment: particle settling
Scum, the nasty by-product

Week 3: Secondary treatment
Theory and History

Week 4: Sludge, the residual leftover
Uses for sludge
Energy recapture

Week 5: Plant tour
Depart NCC West campus, main entrance
OR Meet at 60 South Smith Street
Return to NCC two hours later

Week 6: Feedback from plant trip
Plant operating data
Tertiary treatment
Nitrogen credits
The future of wastewater treatment

Facilitator: Lewis Clark

Lewis Clark earned an MS in chemical engineering. Lewis has been in involved in plant design and operation for over 20 years. Presently, he is vice president of the Water Pollution Control Authority Board for the city of Norwalk.