Water Quality, Quantity and Treatment Issues in Power Plants

Water Quality, Quantity and Treatment Issues in Power Plants

October 5-6, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

A lack of water and wastewater education and experience can cause regulatory, financial, operational, and staffing issues for power plant personnel. By having a general understanding of common (and uncommon) water issues, power plant employees should be able to address and mitigate most water-specific challenges, like spotting problem areas and making smarter decisions that reduce CAPEX and/or OPEX costs. It can also cause similar problems for EPC company personnel in developing new power plants or modifications to existing plants. Some EPC technical personnel would benefit from this course by learning water-related background information to promote better decision making in planning and designing new plants or modifications to existing plants.

This course will examine water and wastewater-related challenges regarding quality, quantity, treatment, and regulatory restraints, as well as provide guidance on how to prevent or minimize those problems. The instructor will offer insight into special concerns like evaporation ponds, Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD), water scarcity and expanding use of new sources (wastewater, reuse, brackish water, sea water).

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize common power plant water issues that can cause significant problems (money, staffing, downtime, environmental) if not addressed appropriately
  • Strategize how to save money on gathering water quality data and using external engineering resources
  • Explain types of water quantity and quality issues and how to prevent them or reduce their negative impact
  • Discuss types of regulatory standards and concerns
  • Examine common water and wastewater treatment terminology and usage
  • Define special topics of concern: Water supply scarcity, Zero Liquid Discharge, and evaporation ponds with special considerations for each


Wednesday, October 5, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing



  • Course overview
  • Course instructor and participants introductions
  • Objectives: How to foresee and minimize or avoid many plants water issues

Consequences of Not Having a Basic Understanding Water Issues

  • Common problems and their consequences (staffing, regulatory issues, financial, operations and maintenance)
  • Common misconceptions of non-water experienced staff
  • Impacts and implication of water issues on plants beyond capital or operating costs

Overview of Areas of Common Water-related Concerns for Power Plants

  • What issues can you fix yourself and what to rely on specialists for
  • Defining your project and project scope

Water Quantity in Power Plants

  • Water/Mass balances: How determined, types of, their impact
  • Influence on costs: capital and operating
  • Source water quantity limits

Water Quality in Power Plants

  • Source water quality: surface, well, brackish, salt water, gray water, treated sewage
  • Water qualities within a plant: service, drinking, cooling, process, boiler/high purity
  • Drinking water and sewage
  • Discharge limits: NPDES, temperature, quantity, other regulatory possibilities
  • Amount and type of data needed: physical, solids, microbiological/organics, chemical, metals, toxics

Water and Wastewater Regulatory Compliance in Power Plants

  • Overall regulatory environment in USA (national, state, local)
  • Wastewater discharge (NPDES & others)
  • Ash ponds (where coal is used)
  • Solids disposal: dewatering, landfill
  • Chemical delivery, storage, and use
  • Human safety (staff) and issues with neighbors


    Thursday, October 6, 2022 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Course Timing


    Common Types of Water/Wastewater Treatment Processes

    • Physical: clarification (coagulation), flocculation and filtration, Reverse Osmosis (RO), and Electrodeionization (EDI)
    • Microbiological: trickling filters, Rotating Biological Contactors (RBC) Systems
    • Chemical: ion exchange, commodity, and specialty needs
    • Other

    Areas of Special Concern for Water and Wastewater in Power Plants

    • Potential water sources to address scarcity: desalination, membrane filtration, reuse, recycle
    • Evaporation ponds: estimating, handling seasonal variations, salts, and solids accumulation
    • Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD): near & true ZLD; concentrators, evaporators, membranes, solids


    Kevin Lambert, Consultant

    Kevin has degrees and over  30 years’ combined experience in mechanical and environmental engineering, with a concentration in industrial water issues, including water supply, reduction and reuse, water treatment and wastewater issues.  He has used his background in resolving balance of plant service issues, field issues and startup of plant water treatment equipment; feasibility studies; cost studies; process design and specification; evaluating water treatment and chemical systems.  He has worked for two Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies, performed analysis of municipal water treatment plant data, performed water treatment research on mineral scaling in industrial heat transfer equipment for the US Air Force.  Currently Kevin works as a consultant on industrial water projects in the USA and internationally.

    Online Delivery

    We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
    • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
      • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
    • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
    • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


    Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

    If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


    Water Quality, Quantity and Treatment Issues in Power Plants

    October 5-6, 2022 | Online
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

    Volume pricing also available

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before September 02, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




    EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

    Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the event to be eligible for continuing education credit.

    Instructional Methods

    This program will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions, as well as active participation.

    Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

    Course CPE Credits: 11.0
    There is no prerequisite for this Course.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    Advanced Preparation: None

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    Who Should Attend

    • Executives or engineering managers
    • Project managers and project engineers
    • Lead engineers
    • Power plant managers and supervisors
    • Scientists, technicians, or engineers new to power plant water issues
    • Applies to following industries: Power plants, some EPCs, many process water using industries
    • Can apply to following types of power plants: coal, gas, fuel oil, biomass, nuclear

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