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Water Utility Science Courses

Water Utility Science 020
Introduction to Water Science
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
An overview of Water Science topics including water sources and supply, water quality and regulations, water transmission and distribution, and treatment of water and wastewater. Discussions will include applicable science and math principles, current events, and Water careers. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 048
Wastewater Operator Exam Preparation
Unit(s): 0.5
Class Hours: 9 Lecture total.
Recommended Preparation: Water Utility Science 081.

This course provides a comprehensive review of topics from multiple courses in the Water Utility Science program in order to prepare students for the California State Water Resources Control Board, Wastewater Treatment Operator examinations. Recommended Preparation: WATR 081.


Water Utility Science 050
Water Mathematics and Hydraulics
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Practical application of mathematics to perform unit conversions and to calculate areas, volumes, flow rates, pressures, velocities, chemical dosages and related hydraulic calculations used in water system operations. Prior Completion of Mathematics N06 or equivalent skills as measured by the Mathematics Level 1 Exam recommended.

Water Utility Science 052
Water Conservation Practitioner
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Theoretical and practical training in applied water use efficiency. Includes residential, commercial, and landscape customers, water uses, budgets, demand management, water audits, best management practices, rate structures, program design and management. Preparation for American Water Works Association (AWWA) Grade 1 and 2 Water Conservation Practitioner certification. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 053
Water Reclamation and Reuse
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Fundamentals of reclaimed water, includes case studies and history of reclaimed water development. Planning, design and construction of reclaimed distribution systems. Problems regarding marketing, legislation and regulations for reclaimed water. Includes microbiology and health/safety issues. Optional field trips may be offered.


Water Utility Science 054
Advanced Treatment Exam Preparation
Unit(s): 0.5
Class Hours: 9 Laboratory total.

This course provides a comprehensive review of topics from multiple courses in the Water Utility Science program in order to prepare students for the California SWRCB, Water Treatment Operator T3 and T4 examinations.


Water Utility Science 056
Treatment Test Preparation
Unit(s): 0.5
Class Hours: 9 Laboratory total.
Review information provided in various water treatment classes in the program and prepare students to take and successfully pass the California Department of Health Services Operator T1 and T2 examinations. Grade: Pass/No Pass.

Water Utility Science 057
Water Distribution Test Preparation
Unit(s): 0.5
Class Hours: 9 Laboratory total.

Review information provided in various water distribution classes in the program and prepare students to take and successfully pass the California Department of Health Services Operator D1 and D2 examinations. Grade: Pass/No Pass.


Water Utility Science 059
Advanced Water Distribution Test Preparation
Unit(s): 0.5
Class Hours: 9 Laboratory total.

This course provides a comprehensive review of topics from multiple courses in the Water Utility Science program in order to prepare students for the California SWRCB, Water Distribution Operator D3, D4, and D5 examinations. Grade: Pass/No Pass.


Water Utility Science 061
Water Distribution
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Prerequisite: Water Utility Science 050.
Presents basic concepts of drinking water distribution, including water sources, water quality, and distribution system components. Water mathematics topics addressed include volume, flow rate, velocity, and chemical feeding calculations. Assists in the preparation for the California State Water Resources Control Board level D1 and D2 Water Distribution Operator certification exams. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 062
Advanced Water Distribution
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Prerequisite: Water Utility Science 061.
Presents advanced concepts of drinking water distribution, including water quality regulations, distribution system components, maps and records, and supervisory and management topics. Advanced water mathematics topics addressed include applied  system and pump hydraulics. Assists in the preparation for the California State Water Resources Control Board level D2, D3, and D4 Water Distribution Operator certification exams. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 063
Electrical Wiring and Controls for Operators
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Theoretical and practical skills needed to perform preventive maintenance and minor repair of basic electrical wiring and control systems used in water and wastewater facilities. Optional field trips may be offered. CSU

Water Utility Science 064
Pumps and Pumping
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Basic pump theory, operation, and repair. Assists operators and technicians in the design, selection, installation and maintenance of various dynamic and positive displacement pumps. Topics include pumps and pump components, hydraulics, and  pumping system efficiencies. Optional field trips may be offered.


Water Utility Science 065
Backflow Prevention Devices
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 27 Lecture total, 27 Lab total.
Theory, testing, and maintenance of backflow prevention devices in water systems. Prepares the journeyman plumber, plant maintenance operator, and water utility operator to become a certified tester in Orange County. Also prepares the student for American Water Works Backflow Prevention certification exam.

Water Utility Science 071
Water Treatment Fundamentals
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Prerequisite: Water Utility Science 050.
Presents the basic operating principles and techniques of the conventional surface water treatment process of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, and filtration, plus those of common disinfection processes. Assists in preparation for Grade T1 and T2 Water Treatment Operator certification examination given by the California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water Programs. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 072
Advanced Water Treatment
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Prerequisite: Water Utility Science 071.
Examines advanced topics in conventional drinking water treatment processes and disinfection, as well as non-conventional treatment processes. Assists in preparation for Grade T2 and T3 Water Treatment Operator certification examination given by the California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water Programs. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 073
Water Quality
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Recommended Preparation: Water Utility Science 050.
Examines basic principles of chemistry and microbiology, and applies them to drinking water quality and related state and federal regulations. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 081
Wastewater Treatment
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Prerequisite: Water Utility Science 050.
Presents the basic operating principles and techniques of conventional wastewater treatment, including preliminary, primary, and secondary treatment processes, as well as wastewater quality assessment, wastewater collection, and wastewater disposal. Successful completion provides student with 48 Certification for Wastewater Professionals (CWEA) contact hours and 8 State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) educational points. Prepares student for SWRCB Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator exam-Grades 1 and 2. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 082
Advanced Wastewater Treatment
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Prerequisite: Water Utility Science 081.
Presents advanced operating principles and techniques of conventional wastewater treatment. Also presents operating principles and techniques of advanced processes including activated sludge, disinfection, tertiary treatment and sludge handling. Successful completion provides student with 48 Certification for Wastewater Professionals ( CWEA ) contact hours and 8 State Water Resources Control Board ( SWRCB ) educational points. Prepares student for SWRCB Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator exam-Grades 1 and 2. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 083
Collection Systems
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Sewer construction, inspection and testing, cleaning methods, safety, elementary hydraulics, pipeline repair, equipment maintenance, communications, and record keeping. Successful completion provides student with 48 CWEA contact hours and 4 SWRCB educational points. Preparation for CWEA Wastewater Collection System exam all Grades. Optional field trips may be offered.

Water Utility Science 091
Cross Connection Control Specialist
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Introduction and methodology of establishing a cross connection control ​​program.  Includes local, state and federal regulations. Prepares students for American Water  Works Association Cross Connection Control Specialist examination.


Water Utility Science 092
Water Utility Management
Unit(s): 1.0
Class Hours: 18 Lecture total.
This course explores various supervision and management issues of particular relevance to the Water Utility Industry, including water quality regulations, other water industry regulations, employee safety programs, facilities security, emergency response, governing body interactions, and public relations. Recommended Preparation: Completion or concurrent enrollment in the other required courses in the Water Utility Management Certificate of Proficiency program.


Water Utility Science 107
California Water Resources
Unit(s): 3.0
Class Hours: 54 Lecture total.
Introduction to water law and rights, California water history, political lore, and water supply agencies serving Orange County. Includes hydrologic cycle, sea water intrusion, protection of wells and reservoirs, flood control, pollution/contamination of ground water supplies, and the conservation of water. CSU

Water Utility Science 199
Cooperative Work Experience Education
Unit(s): 1.0-4.0
Class Hours: 60-300 Laboratory total.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 6 units in Water Utility Science.
This course is designed for students majoring in the Water Utility Science. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six Water Utility Science units. Job site experience will train the student in additional job skills that will enhance academic learning from the classroom to the workplace. May be either paid or unpaid. May be repeated. Grade: Pass/No Pass. Open Entry/Open Exit. CSU