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Postgraduate Online in Water Treatment Plants

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Posgrado Online en Plantas de Tratamiento de Agua
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With the help of professors from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Agbar's specialist professionals, this postgraduate course prepares you for efficient management of water resourcesas well as for design and operate water treatment plants potable and residual.

The Online Postgraduate in Water Treatment Plants is part of the itinerary of the Online Master in Water Technology and Management, which allows a path of professional development: you start a postgraduate course with the possibility of extending it to a master's degree.

The postgraduate program offers you:

  • Apply the most innovative technologies in the treatment of marine and brackish water.

  • Apply and master the characteristics of wastewater and the applicable regulations.

  • Apply strategies for operation and maintenance of purification systems.

  • Efficient management of water resources and the facilities used to obtain and treat them.

  • Analyze and apply the legislation corresponding to water intended for human consumption.

  • Identify the main unit processes applied in wastewater treatment and understand the operation of a treatment plant.

And at the end:

  • You will learn how to operate water treatment facilities and alternative resources.

  • You will diagnose failures and problems in the day-to-day management of an installation and propose solutions.

  • You will efficiently manage the production and purification of water.

  • You will learn about and analyze the latest technological innovations applicable to water treatment.

The Online Postgraduate Course in Water Treatment Plants is part of the itinerary 1 of the Online Master in Water Technology and Management. It includes the modules of:

Recursos hídricos.

Water resources.

Producción de agua potable.

Drinking water production.

Tratamiento de aguas residuales.

Wastewater treatment.

As it is part of the itinerary, it allows a path of professional development, since it starts a postgraduate course with the possibility of extending it to a master's degree.



We develop the water cycle, with special attention to the urban water cycle and its management. All the stages that make up this cycle and the different characteristics of both water and the infrastructures involved are detailed. It also provides the most appropriate management tools for each of these stages. Always, under the holistic vision of the entire water cycle and, therefore, of the interrelationships between each of the stages and their implication in a sustainable management of the resource within the cycle itself.

This credit introduces students to the water resources available and identifies the characteristics of each one according to its origin. Then, the different methods of exploitation of each one of them are specified, ensuring sustainability by taking care of both the quality and quantity of these resources. Alternative resources are also presented, with their advantages and disadvantages, in order to include them in the overall management of water resources.

Presentation of the regulatory framework by which water resources are legislated. The characteristics of the regulation that guarantee the rational and sustainable use of water, as well as its accessibility for all, will be discussed. The tools for the design of management models aimed at achieving these objectives will also be presented.

The contents applied in the integrated management of water resources, to detect all those agents and actors involved, the interrelationships between them and their consequences in the hydrological planning. The criteria for the participation of all these agents will be taken into account to ensure a basin management that responds to all the needs or demands detected.

This credit reviews the key concepts to understand the principles of nature-based solutions (NBS) and green infrastructures (GI), as well as the global strategies adopted at the international level and the current regulations at the European level that enhance their implementation. The main nature-based solutions in the water cycle, the benefits they bring and examples of their application are reviewed. Finally, you will learn the key aspects to take into account for the implementation or management of this type of infrastructure.


All physical, chemical and microbiological parameters that can influence water quality are presented. The most common contaminants, possible diseases and the sampling plan necessary to guarantee the quality of water for human consumption according to current legislation.

A complete knowledge of groundwater management and groundwater abstraction within the existing hydrogeological context. It analyzes the use of groundwater by means of vertical wells, from the initial phase of the location of the catchment, through the constructive design, and finally the development of one of the most common techniques for the protection of this type of catchments: the establishment of perimeters.

All the knowledge necessary to size a drinking water treatment plant, from the design of the catchment to the functional definition of all the treatment stages to which the water will be subjected in order to meet the desired quality parameters.

In this credit, membrane treatments, their purpose and operation are explained. The different types of membranes, their classification, their layout scheme and design parameters are presented in order to be able to simulate a treatment system using software.

To know how a drinking water treatment plant operates through the different practices for each unitary process, the parameters that need to be controlled in the process and how these operations affect water quality at the end of them. Likewise, different anomalous situations that can be found in the usual operation are identified and developed, and guidelines are defined to be able to continue with the operation in these cases.

A method to facilitate decision making in water treatment plant management. Criteria for personnel management, process optimization, automation requirements, as well as activity control parameters, management systems and cost elimination are presented.

It focuses on aquifers and the basics of hydrological and hydrogeological management and planning, in order to present the joint, coordinated and integrated use of surface and groundwater resources, both at the public and private operator level.


Introduction to wastewater treatment starting from its historical evolution and legal framework. The objectives of wastewater treatment are then defined, the characteristics of wastewater and the parameters for defining the flow to be treated are analyzed and finally the main wastewater treatment processes are described, providing the necessary knowledge for their selection.

Methodologies and techniques for the sizing of all the processes that make up the water treatment line of a wastewater treatment plant. The parameters that influence the design of each one of the processes will be discussed, from pretreatment and primary and secondary treatment, going in depth into the processes with biofilm, to disinfection. Natural treatment systems will also be presented.

Methodologies and techniques for the sizing of all the processes that make up the sludge treatment line of a wastewater treatment plant, indicating the necessary guidelines to identify when it is advisable to anaerobically digest the sludge, as well as the techniques to size the gas line when anaerobically digesting the WWTP sludge. Additionally, the credit provides the necessary knowledge to quantify the energy recovery by obtaining electrical energy from the calorific value of the biogas produced in the anaerobic digestion. Finally, it also provides guidelines for sizing the deodorization process to avoid the appearance of unbreathable atmospheres in the WWTP.

Knowledge about the normal operation of a wastewater treatment plant, highlighting the most important aspects involved in the operation. The parameters and elements to be controlled will be exposed, as well as the criteria used in each case. Specifically, the credit focuses on personnel management, control of each process of a WWTP, emission control, equipment regulation criteria, the consumption of a wastewater treatment plant (energy and reagents) and, finally, cost control.

We address the different issues of plant operation under abnormal or extraordinary conditions. We start with the definition of the extraordinary conditions in a wastewater treatment plant, to derive in the usual problems that the sewage network can suffer: uncontrolled discharges, hydraulic overload in episodes of high rainfall and infiltrations, as well as odor problems or bulking and foaming problems in the biological process, limitation of the treatment capacity or equipment breakdowns. Subsequently, problems related to dry weather discharges, internal drainage management and operational problems in the anaerobic digestion and gas line are explained.

Knowledge related to asset management in a purification facility, what it is used for and what tools can be used. Management methodologies are explained, as well as how to elaborate an inventory of electrical and mechanical assets and how to carry out a correct revision of the installations. Finally, the concepts of preventive and predictive maintenance are developed.

The topics related to the regeneration of water from a wastewater treatment plant are discussed. The different regeneration mechanisms are explained, as well as the criteria to select the most appropriate technologies, according to the final uses of the water. The most important operating parameters of the process are explained, as well as the criteria to define an appropriate analytical plan for quality control of the treatment and output water.


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The teaching team of the Online Master in Water Technology and Management is formed by UPC faculty and specialist professionals from Agbar and the sector.The course is designed to ensure the practicality and functional applicability of the contents covered.

To guarantee your success in the learning process from start to finish:

  • Each knowledge unit is guided by an expert who provides technical support and puts all his knowledge at your disposal.
  • You will have an academic tutor who will individually welcome you and guide you during your formative journey.
  • The teaching materials are developed and written by renowned authors who are professionals in the water and environment sector. In addition, these materials are presented in transmedia format to ensure the understanding and assimilation of the knowledge that will enable you to meet your professional challenges.

Academic Management


    Doctorate in Civil Engineering.
    Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).


    High Commissioner for Agbar's 2030 Social Agenda.
    Co-director of the Master's Degree in Water Technology and Management. Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Alicante (1982-87). She has also completed courses in Senior Business Management (CADE) at Fundesem (Alicante), Management Skills Improvement (PADI) at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, and Senior Management Program (SMP).

A unique technical and management training experience

The methodology and support resources are designed to facilitate autonomous, flexible and practice-oriented learning.

The innovative didactic treatment of the materials is based on the resolution of CHALLENGES based on the real professional challenges that you will have to face during your professional life.


First we present you with the challenge that you will have to solve and with which you can face in reality; then you can access the transmedia content to find your solution; finally, you must deliver your solution that you can contrast with the solution proposed by the expert.

You will also have the support of a dynamic community of peers, a faculty of experts, and your academic tutor who will accompany you from the beginning.

What is the virtual campus like?

Transmedia formats

Challenges and other content are presented through different transmedia formats:

  • Radio programs.

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    Minireportajes, interviews, contests, news, last minute...

  • Television programs.

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    Reports in audiovisual format and resources that complement the content in a didactic way.

  • Magazines and digital publications.

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    Knowledge in a journalistic, entertaining and dynamic language.

  • Manuals with notes written by the expert

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    Annotations, tips, reviews highlighting what really applies in the professional world.

  • Interactive Displays

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Learn more

If you are interested in the program, we invite you to enter the training environment of the Water School.

You will receive the access codes and you will be able to see first-hand what the environment is like, samples of the innovative teaching materials and contact your academic advisor who will guide you and answer any questions you may have.

There are possibilities to pay the tuition in installments, as well as agreements with financial institutions that offer special conditions to students.

If you belong to any of these groups, identify yourself when formalizing your registration so that the corresponding reduction can be applied.

EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP Master's Degree in Water Technology and Management

The Water School makes available to professionals two study grants that will cover the 50% of the registration fee for the Master in Water Technology and Management, valued at €7,200.

  • Be under 35 years old
  • Be individuals who self-finance the Master's tuition.
  • Have a university degree, higher or technical engineering, bachelor's degree or qualification that accredits the training necessary to access the program

Download the program bases here to be able to consult all the required information and present your candidacy for admisiones@laescueladelagua.com, indicating in the subject of the message "PRESENTATION OF CANDIDACY FOR EXCELLENCE PROGRAM"

The period to submit the candidacy is starts on December 28, 2023 and ends the February 21, 2024.


We promote the training levels of professionals in the water sector and therefore offer an additional bonus of 10% in the tuition fee for any of the programs in the online itinerary of the School of Water.

This discount is open to all those who can prove nationality and residence in Peru, Colombia, Chile, Mexico or Ecuador.

HOW TO PROCEED? At the time of registration, in the section "Do you have any assistance" choose the option "10% of subsidized group" and send us a digital copy of your passport and certificate of census registration or other document proving your habitual residence.


If you meet any of the following conditions, we offer you a discount on the registration fee:

Unemployment aid

If you are unemployed, you have a 20% bonus on the total amount of the program.
You must present the Status Certificate issued by the SEPE (INEM).

Are you an entrepreneur?

If you are registered as self-employed, you have a 15% bonus on the total amount of the program.
You must present the last 3 receipts of the self-employed quota.

Large family

If you are a member of a large family you have a bonus of 5% total amount of the program.

Do you belong to any professional association or college?

If you belong to any of these groups, identify yourself at the time of registration so that the 15% discount reduction can be applied to you (not cumulative).

If you are a member of the Alumni network of the Water School, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) or the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) you will receive a discount on the total cost of the program.

If you are a member of the Young Water Professional association, you receive a bonus on the total amount of the program.

If you are a member of the Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos you will receive a discount on the total cost of the program.

If you are a member of the Colegio de Ingenieros Industriales de Catalunya you will receive a discount on the total cost of the program.

If you are a member of the Col.legi Oficial d'Enginyers Agrònoms de Catalunya you have a discount on the total amount of the program.

If you are a member of the Col.legi Oficial d'Enginyers d'Enginyers d'Obres Públiques de Catalunya you have a discount on the total amount of the program.

Basic data



October 2024



6 months - 450 hours














Those who successfully complete the program and meet the necessary academic requirements will obtain the Online Postgraduate Degree in Water Treatment Plants, a degree accredited by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). To obtain the postgraduate degree it is necessary to have an official university degree or a university degree equivalent to a degree, diploma or bachelor's degree. Otherwise, you will obtain a certificate of completion issued by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). If you have any doubts about whether your degree is correct, please contact admissions.


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  2. 2 Complete the form with your personal, academic, professional and fiscal data.

  3. 3 Attach your updated CV.

  4. 4 Choose the desired payment method.

  5. 5 Once we receive and validate all the documentation, we will confirm your registration by e-mail.