Strategies and Technologies for Reducing Water Pollution

This course is part of the programme
Master’s study programme Environment (second cycle)

Objectives and competences

Advanced specific knowledge in the field of potable ad technological waters, as well as the comprehension of preparation procedures for potable and technological waters as well as for treatment of wastewaters.
Students gain specific knowledge and are able to assess the quality of water, determine the treatment procedure and calculate basic technological parameters for size and operation of water/wastewater treatment equipment.


Basic knowledge of chemistry, biology and physics on the level of 1st-level of Bologna studies in natural or engineering sciences


• The protection and preparation of drinking water: water crises in Europe and abroad; the source of drinking water (underground/surface water); the measures for increasing quantity and improving the quality of raw water
• The preparation of technological water; general parameters of water quality
• Water supply and draining of wastewater (water supply and wastewater from urban and rural settlements)
• Wastewater treatment: the municipal wastewater treatment procedures; mechanical wastewater treatment procedures, chemical wastewater treatment procedures, advanced and combined wastewater treatment procedures; anaerobic and aerobic treatment
• Wastewater sludge management
• Advanced treatment procedures: algae technology, microbiological fuel cells, electrochemical processes, advanced oxidation processes …

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

• Understanding of potable water quality.
• Understanding of technological water quality
• Understanding of different (drinking and technological water preparation procedures
• Adopted knowledge to understand the water quality and to use the appropriate water treatment procedures regarding to prescribed criteria of water quality
• Calculating several wastewater treatment procedures, mass and energy balances


  • Water and Wastewater Technology / Mark J. Hammer, Mark J. Hammer, Jr. London [etc.]: Prentice Hall International, cop. 1996. Catalogue E-version
  • Wastewater engineering: treatment, disposal, and reuse / Metcalf & Eddy, Inc. International ed., 4th ed. / revised by George Tchobanoglous, Franklin L. Burton, 2004. E-version
  • ROŠ, Milenko, ZUPANČIČ, Gregor Drago. Čiščenje odpadnih voda, (Ekotehnologije in trajnostni razvoj 1, zv. 3). 1. izd. Velenje: Visoka šola za varstvo okolja, 2010. 330 str., ilustr., graf. prikazi, tabele. ISBN 978-961-92734-3-2.
  • Anaerobic Digestion Processes in Industrial Wastewater Treatment / Sandra M. Stronach, Thomasine Rudd, John N. Lester, Berlin [etc.]: Springer-Verlag, 1986.

  • Selected articles from the journals Bioresorce technology E-version, Water research E-version and others (they serve as a basis for discussing the latest technologies for water treatment).


• Successfully completed written seminar paper and oral presentation (20 %) • Written examination (80 %)

Lecturer's references

Associate Professor of Environmental Protection at the University of Nova Gorica

  1. KALUŽA, Leon, ŠUŠTARŠIČ, Matej, RUTAR, Vera, ZUPANČIČ, Gregor Drago. The re-use of Waste-Activated Sludge as part of a "zero-sludge" strategy for wastewater treatments in the pulp and paper industry. Bioresource technology, ISSN 0960-8524. [Print ed.], 2014, vol. 151, str. 137-143, doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.10.041. [COBISS.SI-ID2945275]

  2. ZUPANČIČ, Gregor Drago, ŠKRJANEC, Igor, MARINŠEK-LOGAR, Romana. Anaerobic co-digestion of excess brewery yeast in a granular biomass reactor to enhance the production of biomethane. Bioresource technology, ISSN 0960-8524. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 124, str. 328-337, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.08.064. [COBISS.SI-ID 3102344]

  3. CUKJATI, Nevenka, ZUPANČIČ, Gregor Drago, ROŠ, Milenko, GRILC, Viktor. Composting of anaerobic sludge : an economically feasible element of a sustainable sewage sludge management. Journal of environmental management, ISSN 0301-4797, 2012, vol. 106, str. 48-55. [COBISS.SI-ID 4943130]

  4. ZUPANČIČ, Gregor Drago, ROŠ, Milenko. Determination of chemical oxygen demand in substrates from anaerobic treatmentof solid organic waste : Elektronski vir. Waste and biomass valorization, ISSN 1877-265X. [Spletna izd.], 2012, no. 1, vol. 3, str. 89-98. [COBISS.SI-ID 4911130]

  5. ZUPANČIČ, Gregor Drago, JEMEC, Anita. Anaerobic digestion of tannery waste : semi-continuous and anaerobic sequencing batch reactor processe. Bioresource technology, ISSN 0960-8524. [Print ed.], 2010, vol. 101, no. 1, str. 26-33. http://www.sciencedirect. com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V24-4X24BYF-1&_user=634399&_coverDate=08%2F21%2F2009&_alid=995915539&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_cdi=5 692&_sort=r&_st=4&_docanchor=&_ct=1&_acct=C000033678&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=634399&md5=2f77d4531c15321e387dcb232571213e, doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2009.07.028. [COBISS.SI-ID 4220698]