Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs): Implications for Water and Wastewater Systems


0.6 CEUs


This one day workshop is intended to increase an operators knowledge of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and how they affect not only the environment but their own water and wastewater systems. It will outline what operators can do to minimize effects and present planning tools.

More and more public are being made aware CECs and their potential impacts on human health and the environment. Over the years, we have been accumulating a significant amount of knowledge on this topic, however a significant amount has been taken out of context compounding the public perception about CECs.

Water and wastewater operators are at the fore-front of the communities & stakeholders asking questions about this topic. As public trust on the water and wastewater infrastructure operation is critical for the industry, it is imperative that operators or personnel be aware of the status of the scientific understanding on CECs so that not only they are able to plan and mitigate potential impacts but also be able to respond to public inquiries.

This course is presented by Lalith Liyanage, Ph.D., P.Eng. of WSP Group, a globally recognized professional services firm as well as the owner of Aqualta School of Operator Training.

The CEUs from this course can be used toward the following discipline(s) for certification renewal:

• Water treatment
• Wastewater treatment

Delivery Formats

There are no available options for this course at this time - please contact .


The course will cover:
-types and groups of CECs
-their occurrence in water sources, drinking water, treated wastewater and biosolids
-ecological aspects of CECs in water and on land
-exposure pathways from aquatic environment, terrestrial environment, household usage and from biosolids
-bioaccumulation and toxicity understanding
-fate of CECs during water and wastewater treatment and biosolids management
-what operators can do to minimize CECs in the environment
-planning tools such as source control and public education
-regulatory status

No manuals will be forwarded to students in advance of this course – the instructor will provide all material on-site.


$350.00 Must have current AWWOA Membership

$450.00 Non-Members

$262.50 (For in-class courses only) Must have a current AWWOA Membership and be an operator of a small public rural water/wastewater facility.