Online Course on Industrial Effluent Treatment

IHE Delft Industrial wastewater

Target Audience

Mid-career professionals dealing with the technical, environmental, and management aspects pertaining to industrial pollution control, wastewater treatment, residuals/waste minimization, and disposal and reuse.


The focus of this course is on management of industrial wastewater including topics such as cleaner production, industrial water management, toxicity, physical chemical processes, anaerobic industrial wastewater treatment, and sludge management and treatment.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Course Certificate issued by IHE Delft.

Course content

  • Cleaner Production: i) Trend-setting introduction of industrial pollution; ii) Theoretical concept of Eco-efficiency; iii) What is cleaner production; iv) Financial benefits of cleaner production; and v) A future prospective.
  • Industrial Water Management: i) Impact of industry on water resources; ii) Industrial water quality; iii) Water audit; iv) Waste minimization; v) Treatment options; vi) Appropriate technology; and vii) Implementation.
  • Toxicity in Industrial Wastewater: i) Measures of toxicity; ii) Kinetics Models for toxic substrates; and iii) Dealing with toxicity.
  • Physical Chemical Processes: i) Contaminants/classes and process selection; ii) Physical-chemical transformation processes; iii) Physical-chemical separation processes; and iv) Coagulation/flocculation.
  • Anaerobic Industrial Wastewater Treatment: i) Anaerobic high-rate treatment of industrial wastewater; ii) UASB reactors; iii) EGSB reactors; iv) EGSB/IC reactors; and v) Industrial treatment examples.
  • Sludge Management:  i) Sludge conditioning; ii) Sludge thickening; iii) Sludge stabilization; and iv) Sludge dewatering.
  • Case studies: i) Steel industry; ii) Tannery; iii) Aquaculture; iv) Industrial practices: potato, sugar, tannery, and yeast; v) Sugar, steel, and water reclamation; vi) Resources recovery; vii) Water management/water reuse (membrane bioreactors); viii) Refinery; ix) Leachate treatment; x) Metal surface protection by advanced wastewater treatment; xi) Brewery industry; xii) Sludge drying; and xiii) Sludge incineration.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  • Define and implement cleaner production activities, industrial water management strategies for pollution and toxicity prevention
  • Define the most commonly applied wastewater treatment technologies and explain their most suitable industrial waste treatment applications as well as their advantages and disadvantages
  • Select the most appropriate treatment technology and design a wastewater treatment train (sequence of treatment processes) to treat an industrial effluent stream for a selected industry
  • Define and describe sludge handle and sludge treatment and explain the needs for sludge handle and treatment activities in the context of industrial wastewater treatment
  • Design sludge thickeners and anaerobic sludge digesters and describe sludge drying and incineration processes
  • Recognize wastewater treatment technologies applied to industrial waste treatment and analyze industrial waste schemes from case studies presented from a diverse range of industries
  • Integrate cleaner production, industrial water management, wastewater treatment processes, and sludge handling and disposal in the design on an industrial waste treatment process for a selected industry