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Online Postgraduate Course in Wastewater Sanitation

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Posgrado Online en Saneamiento de Aguas Residuales
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With the help of UPC professors and Agbar's specialist professionals, this postgraduate course prepares you for the efficient management of drainage networks (sewerage and stormwater) and urban wastewater treatment facilities.

The Online Postgraduate in Wastewater Sanitation 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:

  • Obtain an overview of the importance of sewer discharge control.

  • To know the operation and maintenance of the infrastructures that make up urban drainage.

  • Obtain an overview of the main operating and maintenance systems.

  • To know the advanced management of urban drainage systems and their planning.

  • To know the management of urban wastewater treatment facilities.

  • To know the wastewater treatment processes and lines, with special attention to the water line and the sludge line.

And at the end:

  • You will efficiently manage the sewage network.

  • You will master the characteristics of wastewater and the applicable regulations.

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

  • You will understand the operation and maintenance strategies for sanitation systems.

The academic program of the Online Postgraduate Course in Wastewater Sanitation is part of the itinerary 2 of the Online Master in Water Technology and Management. It includes the modules of:

Agua y sostenibilidad.

Water and sustainability.

Tratamiento de aguas residuales.

Wastewater treatment.

Alcantarillado y aguas pluviales.

Sewage and storm water.

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.



The essential knowledge to understand sustainable development and detect impacts related to water resources. The technologies and solutions that ensure sustainable management of these water resources are described, focusing on water footprint calculations as indicators of the sustainability of the different professional activities, as well as the presentation of measures that will steer the different processes towards sustainability.

This credit brings together two fundamental vectors for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda: the involvement of the private sector and water as a lever for innovation. It presents both the contextual elements to understand the relevance of the 2030 Agenda for the water sector and a set of good practices in the format of case studies for the various challenges announced, in order to design a strategy to contribute to the SDGs applicable from your responsibilities within a water management company.

The necessary knowledge related to energy, its consumption and management in the facilities of the integral water cycle. The contents to carry out an energy audit will be presented, as well as the necessary tools to carry out the diagnosis of energy consumption in these facilities and to propose solutions and improvement measures, as well as the preparation of the energy audit report.

This credit develops the rules and guidelines necessary for the implementation of a safety and health culture in the professional activity to be developed. In addition, different tools are made available to the student to not only ensure good health and safety management, but also to guarantee leadership skills in this area.


Methodologies and techniques for the design of a new drainage network or for the extension or modernization of an existing drainage network. Urban drainage planning will be presented, followed by an in-depth study of hydraulic and hydrological concepts, the essential elements of a drainage network and, finally, the fundamental design criteria. Modeling, sustainable urban drainage techniques (TEDUS) and the principles of advanced management will also be presented.

Presentation of the elements of the drainage network and provision of the necessary knowledge for its design. The starting data essential to define the needs of the network to be designed are analyzed and the tools that allow its hydraulic and mechanical design are provided. Then, the implementation of the network and its construction process are studied in depth, to finally present all the documents that must be included in a drainage network project.

All aspects of the network operation that generate the need for cleaning. The means, criteria, techniques and instrumentation necessary for the correct cleaning of the network are presented. Then, the evaluation of cleaning is discussed in depth, followed by the advanced cleaning of the network, its pillars and processes, up to the description of the measures that provide a sustainable cleaning.

Different topics related to the aging of the network are dealt with, in order to influence the necessary knowledge for its minimization. It begins with the presentation of the different inspections of the network, to move on to the pathologies that lead to the aging of the different elements that compose it. Subsequently, rehabilitation methods are explained, both conventional and trenchless methods. The rehabilitation of the characteristic elements is also discussed, to conclude with the decision making process, the conditioning factors and the applicable regulations.

It deals with the knowledge related to the operation and maintenance of the drainage network, both in dry and rainy weather. The organization of the network operation service is explained, the concepts of basic operation and advanced operation are developed, and the remote control systems and centralized operation systems are discussed in depth.

An overview of the control of discharges to the sewage network, followed by a description of the discharge control plan, from design to implementation. It also describes the intelligent discharge control systems and the analysis of the costs directly or indirectly related to this discharge control.


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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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 Wastewater Sanitation, 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, a certificate of completion issued by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) will be obtained.


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