4th Edition

Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

By Frank R. Spellman Copyright 2020
    722 Pages 200 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    722 Pages 200 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    PART I Water and Wastewater Operations: An Overview

    Chapter 1 Current Issues in Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations

    Chapter 2 Water/Wastewater Operators

    Chapter 3 Plant Security

    Chapter 4 Water/Wastewater References, Models, and Terminology

    PART II Math, Physics, and Technical Aspects

    Chapter 5 Water/Wastewater Math Operations

    Chapter 6 Water Hydraulics

    Chapter 7 Hydraulic Machines Pumps

    Chapter 8 Water/Wastewater Conveyance

    PART III Characteristics of Water

    Chapter 9 Basic Water Chemistry

    Chapter 10 Water Microbiology

    Chapter 11 Water Ecology

    Chapter 12 Water Quality

    Chapter 13 Biomonitoring, Monitoring, Sampling, and Testing

    PART IV Water and Water Treatment

    Chapter 14 Potable Water Source

    Chapter 15 Water Treatment Operations

    PART V Wastewater and Wastewater Treatment

    Chapter 16 Wastewater Treatment Operations

    Chapter 17 Practice


    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.