Environmental Engineering is a profession directly involved with the identification and design of solutions to environmental problems. Environmental Engineers are directly responsible for providing safe drinking water, minimizing and preventing pollution in rivers, lakes and oceans, treating and properly disposing of municipal, industrial and hazardous waste, and the remediation of contaminated soil and water, among other charges of the profession. Understanding and mastering the art of Environmental Engineering requires the integration of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, laboratory analyses, and communication skills.
The purpose of these experiments is to introduce you to various aspects of Environmental Engineering through laboratory analysis that integrates hands-on investigation, data reduction and interpretation. Experiments include measuring conventional water and wastewater parameters as well as exploring the natural environment. More detailed description and professional standards for a majority of these experiments can be found in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. Standard Methods, as this book is often referred to, is a joint publication of the American Public Health Association, the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
In each experiment, you will find material that relates to both the theory and the practical application of the laboratory in engineering practice. In addition to material that you typically find in laboratory manuals, such as methods and materials, you will have access to video clips, photographs, and sample data sets further illustrating key concepts of the laboratory.