WISA Emerging Pollutants Online Training Course

Tuesday 30 March, 2021
8:30am – 4:30pm



About the event

To register for this course contact Anita Pillay at training@wisa.org.za. The course fee is R3500 (ex. VAT) per person.

The Big Picture

Understand how the water sector can proactively respond in order to prevent further pollution, both in terms of personal behaviours and industry attitudes.

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.


Emerging Pollutants is an in depth look into the raft of new and unknown pollutants that are entering our waterways. The course will explore pollution pathways, impact of the pollutants and potential preventative measures to minimise and prevent further deterioration.

As both custodians and commercial users of the waterway, it is important for us to keep our raw product free of pollution to reduce the need for significant treatment and provide the best water quality to the public. As providers of water services to the public, water companies are also held accountable for public health and therefore must understand the health risks and associated impact of pollutants.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for those working in the water, wastewater, environmental and sustainability sectors in the water and construction industries. The course will provide an introduction to Emerging Pollutants for those with industry knowledge however it does not require previous specialist Emerging Pollutants expertise.

Course Outcomes

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

• Ability to identify and understand aspects and activities of human interactions resulting in pollution.

• Ability to identify pollution pathways.

• A greater understanding of new emerging pollutants: plastics, pesticides, endocrines, and other chemicals.

• Understand the direct and indirect impact on health and water environment as a result of pollution (known, unknown and perceived).

• Impact of activities on receiving water courses, the soil and the atmosphere.

• An understanding of the monitoring and measuring methods that is required to collate, analyse and evaluate the impacts.

• Understand the governance and regulations surrounding emerging pollutants.

• Critically evaluate merits of different pollution management strategies.

• 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 will conclude with an online live test, and a Certificate of Attendance which can be used to claim ONE (1) CPD-points from WISA, SACNASP and ECSA will be awarded to successful learners.

Course fees and registration

Course fee is R3500 (ex. VAT) per person.

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

To register for this course contact Anita Pillay at training@wisa.org.za.

This course is open to all water professionals living and working in any of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

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