Learning more about water treatment issues-from basic water chemistry to the latest on arsenic removal-will now be as convenient as logging onto the Web.

A new cost-effective and convenient e-learning program has been launched by the Water Quality Association.

"WQA's e-learning courses will offer water treatment professionals an easy, cost-effective way to stay current on a range of water treatment issues as well as earn credits toward maintaining certification," explained Mark Rowzee, WQA education director. "There will be courses for employees new to the water treatment industry as well as more experienced professionals," he added.

Initial online courses will cover basic water treatment fundamentals, such as water chemistry, and also core technologies, including softening/ion exchange and reverse osmosis. The latest treatment options for arsenic removal will be covered in another new offering.

On the horizon are courses covering the latest science and treatment options for Legionella and radium. Initial courses will be available for preview and purchase on the WQA Web site, www.wqa.org, beginning March 22. The cost per course will be from $20 to $25.