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WATER 131 - Advanced Waterworks Mathematics - Donald Kendall

Course:Advanced Waterworks Mathematics
Professor:Donald Kendall
  • HyFlex
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



Hello and welcome to Advanced Waterworks Mathematics! My name is Don Kendall and I will be the instructor for Advanced Waterworks Mathematics. If you devote the time, you will do well in this course. College of the Canyons has a unique program where you can receive an AS and Certificate of Achievement in Water Systems Technology. Our program is designed to prepare students seeking a career in drinking water treatment and distribution or wastewater. This course will provide instruction in the mathematical computations used to solve advanced water distribution and treatment problems. The course content can assist you with Water Treatment & Distribution Operator Certification examinations.

Course Description

The goal of this course is to help you solve intermediate to advanced math problems related to drinking water distribution, treatment and wastewater treatment. 

You will learn how to apply water math to

  • Calculate the area and volume for geometric shapes relating to pipelines, tanks, settling basins, reservoirs, and aqueducts.
  • Calculate the appropriate volume, dose, and pounds of chemical needed for water disinfection and treatment; including, various percent concentrations and types of chemicals.
  • Calculate and interpret the concentration, time, and Log removals for various water related pathogens.
  • Calculate detention times, filling and discharge rates, filtration backwash rates, pipeline hydraulic pressures, suction and discharge pressures, velocities and SCADA mA calibration.
  • Assess the appropriate pump characteristics needed in distribution, treatment and wastewater systems through calculation of water horsepower, brake horsepower, and pump efficiencies.
  • Analyze the principles of water rate design, budgetary planning and demand forecasting.

These skills will prepare you to take and pass State Board certified exams to become a licensed water distribution/water treatment operator.

What to Expect in this Course

We will meet weekly. You have the option of attending in person or remotely. Homework assignments are due each week. Lectures and lecture notes will be posted to Canvas. Participation in a discussion post from time to time will be required.  We will have 3 quizzes, 1 project, 1 mid-term and a final exam.

If you participate remotely, you will need a reliable internet connection, a College of the Canyons email address, and basic computer skills including familiarity with basic windows formats, opening and closing files, sizing windows, starting programs, sending emails, attaching documents and basic file management skills.

Types of Assessments

Grades are assigned based on cumulative points earned during the course. We will have 3 quizzes, 1 assigned student project, 1 mid-term and 1 cumulative final. Participation in Canvas discussions will be required from time to time.

Textbook Information

The textbook is free and will be made available in Canvas. Advanced Waterworks Mathematics, Learning and Understanding Mathematical Concepts in Water Distribution and Water Treatment, 2021 (PDF available on Canvas). Supplemental materials will also be provided to you.

Other Relevant Course Information

Participation is important! The best way for you to be successful in this class is to complete all of your assignments in a timely manner. This will require setting aside the time you need to study, complete assignments, and review course materials so that you are prepared for each class. This will directly contribute to how well you learn the content and how much you take away from your experience.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/16/2023 Sub#: 1636