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Length: 2 Days
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Aquatic Chemistry For Non-Chemists Training Course

The aquatic chemistry for non-chemists training course covers the principals and basics of chemistry, physics, and thermodynamics associated with fresh water.

In order to study methods for treating the drinking water, water pollution causes in lakes, methods of designing water supply systems, or any other water-based system, first you need to know the nature of the water, the thermodynamics principals, and the equilibrium calculations of water. The aquatic chemistry for non-chemists training course gives you sufficient review about thermodynamics of water and teaches you how to calculate equilibrium equations related to water.

The aquatic chemistry for non-chemists training course is also designed to introduce you to acid-base, reduction-oxidation, precipitation-dissolution, and titration reactions.

In the aquatic chemistry for non-chemists training course, we also gives you a brief overview of potential pollutants might exist in water, how to identify them, and how to test them. This part is particularly useful to you if you wish to study pollutions in lakes, basins, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and other fresh-water systems.


The aquatic chemistry for non-chemists training is a 2-day course designed for all non-chemist individuals who are or will be involved in studying water-based systems for various purposes. The course is very basic and is considered as an introductory course.

Training Objectives

Upon completion of the aquatic chemistry for non-chemists training course, the attendees are able to:

  • Understand the chemical and physical properties of water
  • Describe the major elements of fresh water
  • Understand the chemical thermodynamics of water and apply those principals to solve equilibrium equations
  • Understand and construct pH and titration curves
  • Solve reduction-oxidation equations
  • Discuss how pH and alkalinity change based on the presence and absence of carbonate, acid, and base molecules in the system
  • Calculate solids solubility in water
  • Calculate the solubility of dissolved CO2, inorganic salts, metal oxides, hydroxides, and carbonates
  • Calculate the metals specification
  • Explain the interaction of metals with organic ligands in aquatic solutions
  • Describe various potential pollutants in water
  • Analyze water quality
  • Recognize what kind of sampling and analytical testing is required and suitable for each situation
  • Explain different types of quality test methods

Training Outlines

The aquatic chemistry for non-chemists training course consists of the following lessons, which can be revised and tailored to the client’s need:

Overview of Aquatic Chemistry

  • How water interacts with our environment
  • Natural water cycle
  • Common units and symbols

Water Quality Parameters

  • Temperature
  • Dissolved Oxygen (DO)
  • pH
  • Alkalinity
  • Hardness
  • Nutrients: nitrates and phosphates
  • Turbidity
  • Conductivity

Thermodynamics and Equilibrium

  • Introduction to thermodynamic principals
  • Tableau method review
  • Proton, electron, and mass balance
  • How to solve equilibrium problems
  • Approximation and graphical methods (Log C vs. pH diagrams)
  • How environmental parameters can affect equilibrium
  • Activity coefficients
  • Various solutes interactions in water

Acid-Base Principals

  • Definition of acid and base
  • Weak acids/bases and their effects on water quality
  • Carbonate and alkalinity
  • Alkalinity applications
  • Buffer intensity

Solid Dissolution and Precipitation

  • Inorganic compounds and mineral solubility
  • Stability diagrams
  • Acidic water and chemical weathering


  • What is complexation?
  • Inorganic complexation, ion-pairs and metals specifications
  • Organic complexation

Oxidation-Reduction Principals

  • An introduction to redox chemistry
  • Redox reactions
  • Redox potential
  • pe-pH diagrams
  • How precipitation and complexation could affect oxidation-reduction equilibrium

Water Quality Analysis

  • Why do we test the quality of water?
  • Contaminants classification
    • Chemical
    • Physical
    • Microbiological
  • Water sampling
  • Testing methods
    • By observation
    • In-situ testing
    • Lab testing
    • Mobile laboratories

Sampling Locations

  • On-site sampling from the source
  • Sampled water in sterile containers (before any treatment)
  • Treated water (if there is any treatment process involved)
  • Point of use

Microbiology of Water

  • Different types of pathogens
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Protozoa
  • Helminthes

Microbial Testing Methods

  • Presence/absence
  • Most Probable Number (MPN)
  • Membrane filtration

Physical Testing Methods

  • pH reading
  • Turbidity test
  • Conductivity test
  • Nitrate and chlorine testing
  • Hardness and alkalinity test
  • Odor and taste
  • Color

Chemical Testing Methods

  • Test strips
  • Color disc comparators
  • Colorimeters & photometers
  • Digital meters
  • Arsenic specific kits

Aquatic Chemistry For Non-Chemists 

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