Water Technology

Water technology, a career technical program, prepares students for entry-level employment or advancement in the public water sector, including the distribution and treatment of water. The courses prepare students to take the State Water Resources Control Board certification examinations to qualify as a water treatment operator or a water distribution system operator. Courses also prepare students for the Water Use Efficiency Practitioner certification grade I and II. Courses in this discipline lead to either an associate degree in water technology or a certificate of achievement in water technology.

Contact Information

Division
Career, Technical and Continuing Education
Dean
Dr. James Lancaster
Administrative Secretary
Lois Bottari
Division Office
TE 147
Division Phone Number
626-852-6402

Associate Degree

Certificate of Achievement

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Describe and explain regulatory issues that relate to the public drinking water supply.
  • Diagram and explain the fundamentals of the water distribution system including SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), maintenance, pumps, hydraulics, and valves.
  • Given a scenario involving water contamination, identify the contaminants, recommend the best treatment, administer the treatment and then verify the contaminants are below allowable safety thresholds.
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals used in the water industry and describe the thinking, decision-making and problem solving skills by applying them to the studio, post-production and live sound environments.
  • Develop interpersonal skills, empathy, and respect for others to gain key skills expected of professionals in the field.
  • Demonstrate advanced computer competency by completing production assignments utilizing software-based production and editing systems.
  • Understand the technical, creative and interpersonal skills required by the entertainment industry through demonstrating thorough knowledge of digital audio workstations and all audio hardware as appropriate to each course.

WATR 150
Introduction to Water Systems
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A basic course in water distribution and treatment covering water quality control practices, water sources, public health aspects of water regulations, supply, water treatment arithmetic, chemical treatment, filtration, corrosion, disinfection, tastes and odors in water, water system operation and maintenance, valves, pipes, pumps, and meters. The material covered in this course will be helpful to those preparing for the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) D-1 and D-2 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate examinations and the T-1 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate examination.


WATR 151
Water Resources and Distribution I
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: WATR 150; MATH 032 or MATH 144.

A course designed for water distribution systems operators. Topics include: water production, types of reservoirs, water lines, pumps, water chemistry, water treatment, arithmetic, chemical treatment, appurtenances, method of installation, repair of facilities, back up theory, and administrative functions behind the distribution system. This course prepares the student for the D2 and D3 Water Distribution Operator's examinations administered by the State Water Resources Control Board.


WATR 153
Water Resources and Distribution II
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: WATR 150 and WATR 151; MATH 032 or MATH 144.

A course in practical water supply with emphasis on the basic principles of hydraulics. The course will focus on clarifying pressure, head, buoyancy, friction loss, forces, velocity of flow and the size capacity relationship of distribution systems. The study of pump characteristics, sizing of pumps, water chemistry, water treatment, arithmetic, chemical treatment, and efficiency test procedures are included. Typical calculations include line loss in series and parallel pipe systems, residual pressure, forces on thrust blocks, and horsepower requirements for pumps. This course prepares students for the State Water Resources Control Board D4 and D5 Water Distribution Operator's certification.


WATR 156
Water Treatment I
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: WATR 150; MATH 032 or MATH 144.

Course covering water resources, water quality, unit operations of water treatment, public health requirements, and the basics of water chemistry and aquatic microbiology. Prepares students for the T1, T2, and T3 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate examinations given by the California State Water Resources Control Board.


WATR 157
Water Treatment II
3 Units (AA/AS)

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: WATR 156; MATH 032 or MATH 144.

A course covering water resources, water quality, unit operations of advanced water treatment systems, public health, water chemistry and microbiology, and fluoridation. Prepares students for T3, T4, and T5 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate examinations required by the California State Water Resources Control Board. 54 hours lecture.


WATR 162
Water Use Efficiency I
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This class provides an overview and technical information on the role of the water efficiency coordinator or similar position in the public or private sector. Topics include: water supply and cycle, structure and operations of utilities, regulatory agencies, best management practices, water conservation programs and technologies. This class will prepare the student for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) grade 1 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification.


WATR 164
Water Use Efficiency II
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): WATR 162 or Grade 1 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification or consent from the department based upon sufficient experience in the water industry.

This course covers the implementation and monitoring of water use efficiency programs utilized by water conservation coordinators in the public and private sectors. Topic areas include: California Water Code and current conditions and legislation impacting the State’s water supplies, measuring the cost-benefit of conservation programs, monitor water saving results, development and implementation of water shortage measures and strategic plans, review of water rates structures to encourage conservation, review of non-potable water supplies, and use of new technologies to reduce overall water demand in the urban sector. This class will prepare students for the California/Nevada American Water Works Association (AWWA) Grade 2 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification exam.