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Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via Coursera

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Effort 4-6 hours a week
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  • Duration 5 weeks long
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Overview

It is well known that water treatment at the household level can lead to dramatic improvements in drinking water quality. But does Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) also have global relevance? What are the potential treatment solutions and how do they function? Is there a standard strategy for successful HWTS implementation, or can we identify key components which make programs more likely to succeed?

In this course you will learn about the most important water treatment methods at household level, successful implementation strategies and about assessing the impact of HWTS.

MOOC SERIES “SANITATION, WATER AND SOLID WASTE FOR DEVELOPMENT” : This course is one of four in the series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development".

FRANçAIS: Dans ce MOOC, vous allez apprendre les plus importantes méthodes de traitement de l'eau au niveau des ménages, les stratégies pour une mise en œuvre réussie et l’évaluation de l’impact du traitement et stockage sûr de l'eau à domicile.

ESPAñOL: Aprende acerca de los métodos más importantes de tratamiento de agua a nivel domiciliario, de estrategias de implementación eficientes y de la evaluación del impacto del tratamiento doméstico y almacenamiento seguro del agua.

Syllabus

Introduction to HWTS
-The course begins with a review of the public health impacts of unsafe drinking water. We define physical, chemical, and microbial aspects of drinking water quality and present the major classes of pathogens. Information about pathways for faecal contamination of drinking water are followed by an introduction to the concept of HWTS and the principal technologies.

HWTS treatment options
-During week 2 and 3 we focus on potential treatment methods. We refer first to the standards of safe drinking water and improved drinking water. Week 2 focuses on sedimentation and different kinds of filtration.

HWTS treatment options
-During week 2 and 3 we focus on potential treatment methods. We refer first to the standards of safe drinking water and improved drinking water. Week 3 focuses on heat, ultraviolet radiation, chemical disinfection. Specific modules are provided to cover safe storage and combined methods of water treatment.

Implementation strategies for HWTS
-During week 4 we analyse different approaches that have been successfully applied. We highlight key components which make programs more likely to succeed. We ask the questions, what is required that the most vulnerable populations use HWTS correctly and consistently over the long-term? In separate modules we consider the special case of HWTS in emergency response and provide information about the role of government bodies.

Monitoring and Evaluating HWTS
-During the last week, we present different approaches for monitoring and evaluating HWTS. Case studies and guest lecturers, we highlight several key challenges, including the need for consistent use and field-robust measurements. The course ends with a wrap-up module, which serves as preparation for the final exam.

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Rick Johnston

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Kevin K
5.0 2 years ago
Kevin completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
In truth I spent more time per week and finished it far quicker than recommended, I think really picked up someplace around 3 1/2 hours a week if I had done the course at normal speed. It's an excellent sanitation course especially if you're interested in working with people in either disaster areas or the Third World (they like to call the developing world nowadays) I don't see as it is developing And you will have to get a lot farther into this, Than this course takes you to understand that. Just be forewarned although I started out with this very course

I've taken many more and come to realize that technology is not the solution the people of these regions either wish to make progress in which case they do. Or are held back by superstition fear and ignorance in which case they don't.

I wish you the best of luck

sincerely Kevin Arther Cleveland
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