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The Water Treatment Plant Operator
Water Treatment Plant Operation
Volume 1
Sixth Edition
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Many sources of water are directly suitable for drinking purposes without treatment.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because many sources of water, such as rivers, lakes, and groundwater, may contain harmful substances or pathogens that can make it unsafe to drink without treatment. Water treatment processes, such as filtration, disinfection, and purification, are necessary to remove or kill these contaminants and ensure the water is safe for consumption. Therefore, it is important to treat water before drinking it to prevent the risk of waterborne diseases.

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  • 2. 

    Water treatment plant operators have the responsibility for the health and well-being of the community they serve.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Water treatment plant operators are responsible for ensuring that the water supplied to the community is safe and clean for consumption. They play a crucial role in removing contaminants, bacteria, and other harmful substances from the water, making it suitable for drinking and other purposes. This responsibility directly impacts the health and well-being of the community they serve. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 3. 

    The use of prechlorination often reduces chlorine requirements for postchlorination.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Prechlorination refers to the process of adding chlorine to water before it enters the treatment plant. This is done to control the growth of algae and bacteria in the water. By adding chlorine at this stage, the organic matter in the water is oxidized, reducing the amount of chlorine required during postchlorination. Therefore, the statement that the use of prechlorination often reduces chlorine requirements for postchlorination is true.

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  • 4. 

    A well-giuded tour of your plant for other operators may provide them with sufficient understanding of your plant to allow them to suggest helpful solutions to operational problems.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A well-guided tour of the plant for other operators can be beneficial as it provides them with a comprehensive understanding of the plant's operations. This knowledge enables them to offer useful solutions to any operational issues that may arise. By observing the plant firsthand and learning about its processes, operators can gain insights and suggest improvements or alternative approaches to problem-solving. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 5. 

    Your records showing that you are producing a safe drinking water will mean nothing to visitors unless your plant appears clean and well maintained.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that the appearance and maintenance of a water plant are important for visitors to perceive the water as safe to drink. Even if the records show that the water is safe, if the plant is dirty or poorly maintained, visitors may doubt the quality of the water. Therefore, both the actual safety of the water and the visual presentation of the plant are crucial in creating trust and confidence among visitors.

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  • 6. 

    Safety is a very important operator responsibility.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement implies that safety is a crucial responsibility for operators. This means that operators are expected to prioritize and ensure the safety of themselves and others while performing their duties. It emphasizes the importance of adhering to safety protocols and taking necessary precautions to prevent accidents or harm.

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  • 7. 

    Most accidents result from carelessness or negligence.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Most accidents occur due to carelessness or negligence. This implies that people often fail to take necessary precautions or act responsibly, leading to accidents. This answer aligns with common knowledge and statistics that show a significant number of accidents are caused by human error or lack of attention.

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  • 8. 

    What is the purpose of a water treatment plant?

    • A.

      To modify source waters

    • B.

      To produce safe and pleasant drinking water

    • C.

      To provide work experience for operators

    • D.

      To treat drinking water

    Correct Answer
    B. To produce safe and pleasant drinking water
    Explanation
    A water treatment plant's purpose is to produce safe and pleasant drinking water. It takes in source water and treats it through various processes to remove contaminants, bacteria, and other impurities, ensuring that the water is safe for consumption. Additionally, the treatment plant also aims to improve the taste, odor, and appearance of the water, making it pleasant to drink. Therefore, the primary goal of a water treatment plant is to provide clean, safe, and enjoyable drinking water to the community it serves.

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  • 9. 

    What is the purpose of the clear well?

    • A.

      To control corrosion

    • B.

      To kill disease-causing organisms and to provide chlorine residual for the distribution system

    • C.

      To kill most disease-causing organisms and help control taste- and odor-causing substances

    • D.

      To provide chlorine contact time for disinfection and store water for high demand

    Correct Answer
    D. To provide chlorine contact time for disinfection and store water for high demand
    Explanation
    The purpose of the clear well is to provide chlorine contact time for disinfection and store water for high demand. This means that the clear well allows the water to come into contact with chlorine for a sufficient amount of time to ensure disinfection. Additionally, it serves as a storage facility for water during periods of high demand, ensuring a continuous supply of water to meet the needs of consumers.

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  • 10. 

    What is the purpose of coagulation-flocculation?

    • A.

      To control corrosion

    • B.

      To filter out suspended particles

    • C.

      To gather together fine, light particles to form larger particles (floc) to aid the sedimentation and filtration processes

    • D.

      To settle out larger suspended particles

    Correct Answer
    C. To gather together fine, light particles to form larger particles (floc) to aid the sedimentation and filtration processes
    Explanation
    Coagulation-flocculation is a process used in water treatment to gather together fine, light particles and form larger particles called floc. This helps in the sedimentation and filtration processes by making it easier to remove these particles from the water. By agglomerating the smaller particles into larger ones, coagulation-flocculation improves the efficiency of filtration and enhances the removal of suspended solids. This process plays a crucial role in water treatment by aiding in the removal of impurities and improving the overall quality of the treated water.

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  • 11. 

    What is the purpose of filtration?

    • A.

      To control corrosion

    • B.

      To filter out suspended particles

    • C.

      To gather together fine, light particles to form larger particles (floc) to aid the sedimentation and filtration processes

    • D.

      To settle out larger suspended particles

    Correct Answer
    B. To filter out suspended particles
    Explanation
    Filtration is the process of separating solid particles from a liquid or gas by passing it through a porous material. The purpose of filtration is to remove suspended particles from a fluid, such as dust, dirt, or other impurities. This helps to improve the quality and clarity of the fluid, making it suitable for various applications. By filtering out these suspended particles, filtration helps to purify the fluid and prevent any potential damage or contamination that these particles may cause.

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  • 12. 

    What is the main purpose of a water treatment plant's intake structure?

    • A.

      To draw in water while preventing leaves and other debris from clogging or damaging pumps

    • B.

      To ensure fish passage without undue harm to the fishery

    • C.

      To provide a structure for housing the low head influent pumps

    • D.

      To take in excess water from the raw water source

    Correct Answer
    A. To draw in water while preventing leaves and other debris from clogging or damaging pumps
    Explanation
    The main purpose of a water treatment plant's intake structure is to draw in water while preventing leaves and other debris from clogging or damaging pumps. This is important because if the pumps get clogged or damaged, it can disrupt the water flow and affect the efficiency of the treatment process. By having an intake structure that filters out debris, the water treatment plant can ensure a continuous and uninterrupted water supply for treatment.

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  • 13. 

    What is a corrosive water? A water capable of

    • A.

      Causing scale formation

    • B.

      Creating high pH levels

    • C.

      Deteriorating metal pipe

    • D.

      Turning water black

    Correct Answer
    C. Deteriorating metal pipe
    Explanation
    Corrosive water refers to water that has the ability to deteriorate or damage metal pipes. This can occur due to the presence of certain chemicals or minerals in the water, such as high levels of acidity or low pH levels. When corrosive water comes into contact with metal pipes, it can cause the pipes to corrode, leading to leaks, breaks, or other forms of damage. This can result in costly repairs and potential contamination of the water supply.

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  • 14. 

    Why should the water treatment plant operator be present during both the design and construction periods of a project to improve a water treatment plant?

    • A.

      To be completely familiar with the entire plant layout, including the piping, equipment, and machinery and their intended operation

    • B.

      To check on the engineer's treatment process calculations

    • C.

      To ensure that all electrical monitoring instrumentation is properly wired

    • D.

      To make sure the lowest contractor's bid is accepted

    Correct Answer
    A. To be completely familiar with the entire plant layout, including the piping, equipment, and machinery and their intended operation
    Explanation
    The water treatment plant operator should be present during both the design and construction periods of a project to improve a water treatment plant in order to be completely familiar with the entire plant layout, including the piping, equipment, and machinery, and their intended operation. This is important as the operator needs to understand the layout and functioning of the plant to effectively operate and maintain it. They also need to ensure that the design aligns with the operational requirements and that any changes made during construction are in line with the intended operation of the plant.

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  • 15. 

    Why do operators take certication examinations?

    • A.

      To be able to quit studying

    • B.

      To be in compliance with regulatory guidelines

    • C.

      To obtain certificates that indicate a level of prefessional competence

    • D.

      To prove they know safety rules and regulations

    Correct Answer
    C. To obtain certificates that indicate a level of prefessional competence
    Explanation
    Operators take certification examinations in order to obtain certificates that indicate a level of professional competence. These certifications serve as proof that the operators have the necessary skills, knowledge, and expertise required for their job. It allows them to demonstrate their competency and expertise to potential employers, clients, and regulatory bodies. Additionally, certifications provide operators with a competitive advantage in the job market and can lead to better career opportunities and higher salaries.

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  • 16. 

    What are the expectations of safe and pleasant drinking water?

    • A.

      The water must be free of disease-causing organisms

    • B.

      The water must be free of toxic substances

    • C.

      The water should not have a disagreeable apperance

    • D.

      The water should not have a disagreeable odor

    • E.

      The water should not have a disagreeable taste

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The water must be free of disease-causing organisms
    B. The water must be free of toxic substances
    C. The water should not have a disagreeable apperance
    D. The water should not have a disagreeable odor
    E. The water should not have a disagreeable taste
    Explanation
    The expectations of safe and pleasant drinking water are that it should be free of disease-causing organisms, free of toxic substances, and should not have a disagreeable appearance, odor, or taste. This means that the water should not contain any bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can cause illness. It should also be free from any harmful chemicals or pollutants. Additionally, the water should not have any visible impurities, unpleasant smell, or taste that can make it unappetizing to drink.

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  • 17. 

    Why are iron and manganese undersirable in water?

    • A.

      They can be removed economically and the mineral recovered

    • B.

      The can cause increases in water-use rates

    • C.

      They can cause undesirable color in water

    • D.

      They can promote the growth of iron bacteria, which can cause tastes and odors

    • E.

      They can stain clothes and plumbing fixtures

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. They can cause undesirable color in water
    D. They can promote the growth of iron bacteria, which can cause tastes and odors
    E. They can stain clothes and plumbing fixtures
    Explanation
    Iron and manganese are undesirable in water because they can cause undesirable color in water, promote the growth of iron bacteria which can cause tastes and odors, and stain clothes and plumbing fixtures.

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  • 18. 

    Which tasks are performed by water treatment plant operators to keep the water treatment plant operating to produce a safe, pleasant, and adequate supply of water?

    • A.

      Adjust flows according to conditions of the raw water

    • B.

      Adjust flows according to system demands for water

    • C.

      Keep an eye on the water as it flows through all of the various treatment processes

    • D.

      Maintain and repair equipment and facilities as necessary to keep the water flowing

    • E.

      Monitor the raw water entering the plant

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Adjust flows according to conditions of the raw water
    B. Adjust flows according to system demands for water
    C. Keep an eye on the water as it flows through all of the various treatment processes
    D. Maintain and repair equipment and facilities as necessary to keep the water flowing
    E. Monitor the raw water entering the plant
    Explanation
    Water treatment plant operators perform several tasks to ensure the efficient and safe operation of the plant. They adjust flows based on the conditions of the raw water and the system demands for water. They also closely monitor the water as it flows through different treatment processes to ensure that it meets the required standards. Additionally, they are responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment and facilities to ensure uninterrupted water supply. Lastly, they monitor the quality of the raw water entering the plant to identify any potential issues or contaminants.

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  • 19. 

    What should you do when someone complains about their drinking water?

    • A.

      Ask the person making the complaints to notify your supervisor immediately if the problem reoccurs

    • B.

      Have the complaint thoroughly investigated

    • C.

      Notify the person making the complaint of the results of the investigation

    • D.

      Notify the person making the complaint what corrective action was or will be taken

    • E.

      Record the necessary information (name, date, location, problem, and phone number)

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Have the complaint thoroughly investigated
    C. Notify the person making the complaint of the results of the investigation
    D. Notify the person making the complaint what corrective action was or will be taken
    E. Record the necessary information (name, date, location, problem, and phone number)
    Explanation
    When someone complains about their drinking water, it is important to take their concerns seriously and address the issue promptly. The first step is to have the complaint thoroughly investigated to determine the cause of the problem. Once the investigation is complete, it is necessary to inform the person making the complaint about the results of the investigation. This helps to keep them informed and reassured that their concerns are being taken seriously. Additionally, it is important to notify the person about the corrective action that was taken or will be taken to resolve the issue. Lastly, it is crucial to record all necessary information such as the name, date, location, problem, and phone number for future reference and follow-up.

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  • 20. 

    Which factors are contributing to an increase in the number of jobs in the water treatment industries?

    • A.

      More sophisticated treatment

    • B.

      Operator certification

    • C.

      Population growth

    • D.

      Regulatory requirements

    • E.

      Retirement of many current operators

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. More sophisticated treatment
    B. Operator certification
    C. Population growth
    D. Regulatory requirements
    E. Retirement of many current operators
    Explanation
    The number of jobs in the water treatment industries is increasing due to several factors. Firstly, the implementation of more sophisticated treatment methods requires a larger workforce with specialized skills. Secondly, operator certification is becoming increasingly important, leading to a higher demand for certified professionals in the industry. Additionally, population growth necessitates the expansion of water treatment facilities and the hiring of more workers. Regulatory requirements also play a role, as stricter regulations often require additional personnel to ensure compliance. Lastly, the retirement of many current operators creates job vacancies that need to be filled.

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