By the end of the course students should be able to understand:
1. Water quality parameters, peculiarities of microbial diversity and freshwater management.
2. Assessment of water quality in natural freshwater systems, importance of monitoring of short- and long-term changes.
3. Causes, results and control of major human impacts, such as eutrophication, and provisions for monitoring and legislation.
4. Water as a major and limited resource, available to humans. Range of uses, our water footprint.
5. Required provisions for drinking water quality.
6. Problems related to waste water production. Waste water treatment steps and processes. Waste water treatment technologies.