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December 11, 2017

Geneva Engineering Students See Water Filtration in Action

In October, Professor Mark Kennedy’s Water Quality Control class took a field trip to visit F.B. Leopold/Xylem, a leading company in the production of gravity filtration systems. A gravity filtration system is used in the water treatment process to filter particulate matter out of the water using media such as sand and gravel. 

Students learned about the history of the company, which, though small, works on an international scale and provides filtration systems for major U.S. cities such as Las Vegas, Dallas, and Pittsburgh. The students also learned about the importance of the underdrain, which is used in the backwashing part of the process. It cleans sediments from the filter by reversing the flow of air and clean water through the filter. They also learned about the role of media retainers and dissolved air flotation processes. 

The trip gave the students, most of whom are civil and environmental engineers, an opportunity to see water filtration principles at work in operating, bench-scale models, and to learn about potential careers in the water treatment sector of engineering.

The field trip will help engineering students when entering the workforce. It will also help guide them in completing engineering capstone projects that seniors need to graduate. Among the five 2018 engineering capstones, two of them are water purification projects. The Rainwater Collection & Treatment project requires students to design and implement a rainwater treatment system producing drinking water at Geneva’s PISGAH high ropes course. The Water Disinfection Project is the opportunity for students to build an autonomous rainwater disinfection system requiring minimal maintenance and using solar power to initiate an electrolysis process, creating a chlorine solution to treat the rainwater.

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The Geneva College engineering program is ranked in the top 100 in the nation among schools with undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

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