Spellman's Standard Handbook for Wastewater Operators: Volume III, Advanced Level, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Spellman's Standard Handbook for Wastewater Operators

Volume III, Advanced Level, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Frank R. Spellman

CRC Press

362 pages | 372 B/W Illus.

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Compact and practical, Spellman's Standard Handbook for Wastewater Operators: Volume III, Advanced Level, Second Edition rounds out the revision of this three-volume set. Together, these three volumes prepare operators to obtain licensure and operate wastewater treatment plants properly. This volume presents applied math and chemistry by way of real-world problems, covers equipment maintenance, and explains apparatus used in the laboratory and in the field.

The third and final volume in the handbook features:

  • Updated information on the latest technology
  • Revised and restructured table of contents
  • Updated problems, examples, and figures

The three volumes are designed to build on each other, providing increasingly advanced information. For persons preparing for operator's licensing, this is critical, because wastewater treatment is a complex process. For licensed veteran operators, continuous review is also critical, because wastewater treatment is a dynamic, ever-changing field. Spellman's Standard Handbooks provide the vehicle for reaching these goals.

Treating wastewater successfully demands technical expertise, experience, and a broad range of available technologies — an operator needs to be a generalist — as well as an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental environmental and health reasons for the process involved — an operator also needs to be a specialist. Filling its mission to enhance the understanding, awareness, and abilities of practicing and future operators, this volume provides the vehicle for the continuous learning and reviewing required by the evolving, dynamic, and complex process of water treatment.

Table of Contents

Water Ecology


What Is Ecology?

Why Is Ecology Important?

Why Study Ecology?

History of Ecology

Levels of Organization


Energy Flow in the Ecosystem

Food Chain Efficiency

Ecological Pyramids


Population Ecology

Stream Genesis and Structure

Benthic Life

Benthic Plants and Animals

Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Typical Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Running Waters

Summary of Key Terms

Chapter Review Questions

Basic Water Chemistry

Chemistry Concepts and Definitions

Chemistry Fundamentals

Water Solutions

Water Constituents

Common Water Measurements

Chapter Review Questions

Blueprint Reading

Blueprints: The Universal Lanaguage

Units of Measurement

Alphabet of Lines

Dimension and Shop Notes

Machine Drawings

Sheet Metal Drawings

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Drawings

Welding Blueprints and Symbols

Electrical Drawings

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Drawings

Schematics and Symbols

Electrical Schematics

General Piping Systems and System Schematics

Hydraulic and Pneumatic System Schematic Symbols

Chapter Review Questions

Advanced Wastewater Treatment


Chemical Treatment



Biological Nitrification

Carbon Adsorption

Land Application

Biological Nutrient Removal

Enhanced Biological Nutrient Removal

Advanced Wastewater Calculations


Wastewater Collection and Preliminary Treatment


Trickling Filters

Rotating Biological Contactors

Activated Sludge

Waste Treatment Ponds

Chemical Dosage

Sludge Production and Thickening


Sludge Dewatering

Comprehensive Practice Exam


Comprehensive Practice Exam

References and Recommended Reading

Appendix A Answers to Chapter Review Questions

Appendix B Formulae


Subject Categories

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