UK Primary Treatment Online Training Course

Tuesday 13 October, 2020
8:30am – 4:00pm



About the event

Register by filling out this form or emailing The course fee is £195 (ex. VAT) per person.

The Big Picture

Understand the importance of Primary Treatment in the wider context of Wastewater Treatment, its importance in preparing the influent for further treatment and its’ role in maximizing waste-to-energy opportunities and reducing carbon taxes.

Course Delivery and Context

This course has been designed for live on-line e-classroom delivery via Zoom, for interactive learning, in order to increase the learner’s awareness in specialist subject matter areas. It is part of the wider training Programme for Water Professionals facilitated by Isle.


Primary treatment is the beginning of the treatment process for wastewater. The course outlines the gravity-based, and generally chemical free settling methods utilized to separate solids and removal of remaining FOGs (Fats, Oils and Greases) for further treatment.

The delegates will be able to explore various tank design, scrapers and pumps related to primary treatment and the common operational issues and how to resolve these in a timely manner.

Measuring sludge levels and sludge blanket levels and visually ascertaining rising sludge is also explored with virtual site-tours. The maintenance of primary treatment tanks along with weirs and channels as well as the energy requirements associated with these and de sludge pumps are looked at in terms of Opex and carbon costs.

The issues faced by the industry in terms of rising energy costs and sludge management and waste-to-energy and the role that the process and us as operators and professionals need to play is also investigated.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for operators, managers, project managers, designers and optimisers and all those working in the wastewater sector to ensure that they are familiar with both the theoretical aspects as well as operational aspects. The course includes aspects of troubleshooting and hazardous conditions that may be prominent on site.

This course requires delegates to have a basic understanding of wastewater treatment processes.

Course Outcomes

The following outcomes will be conveyed through interactivities, case studies, discussions and teaching.

  • Understanding wastewater characteristics
  • Understand different types of tanks, tank designs, scrapers and pumps
  • Understand the maintenance associated with civil and mechanical assets
  • Understand issues and challenges associated with Fats, Oils and Greases.
  • Understand the reasons for sludge removal and the onward process
  • Understand plant design, selection and maintenance.
  • Increased awareness of operation and maintenance, health and safety issues, failure modes, fault finding, problem solving.
  • Discussion of relevant case studies,
  • Exploration of innovate solutions and future scenarios

Delegate Course Requirements and Expectations

Training Platform: Zoom. Please ensure that you are able to access Zoom ahead of time. We will be happy to help you test this prior to the course.

Equipment: Laptop, with audio and visual capabilities (webcam enabled), smart phone and pen and paper

Assumed knowledge: A basic understanding of the water sector is assumed, and satisfactory equivalent of English and Maths capability is required to proceed.

Differently abled learners: At present we are sadly unable to offer courses that are suited for those who are vision impaired or suffer from hearing loss. We are working towards improving our service.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): The course syllabus will include a mandatory pre-reading list and optional post-reading. It concludes with an online proof of learning exercise.


Course fees and registration

Course fee is £195 (ex. VAT) per person.

Discounts of 10% are available for IWater members and bona fide full time students, furloughed or unemployed, multiple course participation and group registrations (3 or more learners from the same organisation).

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