Exam Study Guide: Hydraulic Detention Time and the Gate Valve Operating Formula

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Exam Study Guide: Hydraulic Detention Time and the Gate Valve Operating Formula

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Welcome back to TPO magazine's Exam Study Guide Series, which offers a pair of water/wastewater study questions with in-depth explanations of the answers. Last time, we covered a set of wastewater and drinking water treatment questions on the topics of Fixed Film Nitrification and Finished Water Quality Parameters. This time you can test your knowledge about hydraulic detention time and the gate valve operating formula.

Wastewater Treatment Sample Question

For primary clarifiers, what is the design parameter for hydraulic detention time?

A. 30 to 45 minutes
B. 1.5 to 2.5 hours
C. 3 to 4 hours
D. 6 to 12 hours

Water Treatment Sample Question

How many turns are required to close a 6-inch gate valve?

A. 7.5 
B. 14.5
C. 20.5
D. 27

To see the answers to both the above questions, click this link.

About the authors: Rick Lallish is the Water Pollution Control program director at the Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC) of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He provides training for entry-level operators in the wastewater field and operators throughout the state looking to further their education. Lallish was also named the 2017 Illinois Operator of the Year and 2018 president of the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators.

Drew Hoelscher is the program director of drinking water operations at the Environmental Resources Training Center in Edwardsville, Illinois.


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