Recently the Stellenbosch University Water Institute (SUWI) hosted a 5 day (8 – 12 September) short course, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), aimed at educating and training individuals in the wastewater treatment sector on open source wastewater treatment modelling.
The WRc, a UK based water resources company, provided their open-source STOAT modeling and two trainers for the course, which was attended by 15 participants ranging from municipal wastewater treatment plant process controllers and those from other Water Service Providers (WSP) such as Randawater and ERWAT, as well as a large contingent of wastewater treatment educators from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from across the country.
The short course itself was split into the following eight parts:
- Principles of Wastewater Treatment
- Activated Sludge Process
- Wastewater Characterisation
- Introduction to STOAT
- Activated Sludge Modeling
- Trickling Filters
- Modeling your own Sewage Works
At the end of the course participants were asked to use real data from their own wastewater treatment works, run it through the modeling process and give a short presentation on the results. All participants were awarded with certificates of attendance at the culmination of the course and feedback from both the trainers and the attendees suggested a short course successful in increasing the knowledge base of South Africa’s current wastewater treatment practitioners as well as those who are teaching future practitioners.