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Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

4th Edition

By Frank R. Spellman

CRC Press

624 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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The Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations is the first thorough resource manual developed exclusively for water and wastewater plant operators. Now regarded as an industry standard, this fourth edition has been updated throughout, and explains the material in easy-to-understand language. It also provides real-world case studies and operating scenarios, as well as problem-solving practice sets for each scenario.


  • Updates the material to reflect the developments in the field
  • Includes new math operations with solutions, as well as over 250 new sample questions
  • Adds updated coverage of energy conservation measures with applicable case studies
  • Enables users to properly operate water and wastewater plants and suggests troubleshooting procedures for returning a plant to optimum operation levels
  • Prepares operators for licensure exams


A complete compilation of water science, treatment information, process control procedures, problem-solving techniques, safety and health information, and administrative and technological trends, this text serves as a resource for professionals working in water and wastewater operations and operators preparing for wastewater licensure exams. It can also be used as a supplemental textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying environmental science, water science, and environmental engineering.

Table of Contents

Part I Water and Wastewater Operations: An Overview. Current Issues in Water & Wastewater Treatment Operations. Water/Wastewater Operators. Plant Security. Water/Wastewater References, Models, Terminology & Acronyms. Part II Water/Wastewater Operations: Math, Physics &Technical Aspects. Water/Wastewater Math Operations. Water Hydraulics. Hydraulic Machines: Pumps. Water/Wastewater Conveyance. Part III: Characteristics of Water. Basic Water Chemistry. Water Microbiology. Water Ecology. Water Quality. Biomonitoring, Monitoring, Sampling, & Testing. Part IV Water and Water Treatment. Potable Water Source. Water Treatment Operations. Part V Wastewater and Wastewater Treatment. Wastewater Treatment Operations. Practice Examination. Appendix A. Appendix B. Index.

About the Author

Frank R. Spellman is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with 26 years of active duty, a retired environmental safety & health manager for a large wastewater sanitation district in Virginia, and retired assistant professor of environmental health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. The author/co-author of 87 books, Spellman consults on environmental matters with the US Department of Justice, and various law firms and environmental entities around the globe. Spellman holds a BA in Public Administration, BS in Business Management, MBA, and MS/PhD in Environmental Engineering.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply