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4th Edition

The Science of Water
Concepts and Applications

ISBN 9780367555887
Published October 6, 2020 by CRC Press
636 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Science of Water: Concepts and Applications, Fourth Edition, contains a wealth of scientific information and is based on real-world experience. Building on the third edition, this text applies the latest data and research in the field and addresses water contamination as a growing problem. The book material covers a wide range of water contaminants and the cause of these contaminants and considers their impact on surface water and groundwater sources. It also explores sustainability and the effects of human use, misuse, and reuse of freshwater and wastewater on the overall water supply.

Provides Valuable Insight for Water/Wastewater Practitioners

Designed to fill a gap in the available material about water, the book examines water reserve utilization and the role of policymakers involved in the decision-making process. The book provides practical knowledge that practitioners and operators must have in order to pass licensure/certification tests and keep up with relevant changes. It also updates all previous chapters, presents numerous example math problems, and provides information not covered in earlier editions.



  • Is updated throughout and adds new problems, tables, and figures
  • Includes new coverage on persistent chemicals in drinking water and the latest techniques in converting treated wastewater to safe drinking water
  • Provides updated information on pertinent regulations dealing with important aspects of water supply and treatment


The Science of Water: Concepts and Applications, Fourth Edition, serves a varied audience—it can be utilized by water/wastewater practitioners, as well as students, lay personnel, regulators, technical experts, attorneys, business leaders, and concerned citizens.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 All about Water

Chapter 3 Water Hydraulics

Chapter 4 Water Chemistry

Chapter 5 Water Biology

Chapter 6 Water Ecology

Chapter 7 Water Pollution

Chapter 8 Environmental Biomonitoring, Sampling, and Testing

Chapter 9 Water Economics

Chapter 10 Water Use and Availability

Chapter 11 Water Treatment

Chapter 12 Water Treatment Calculations

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Frank R. Spellman is a retired assistant professor of Environmental Health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. and author of over 60 books. Spellman has been cited in more than 400 publications; serves as a professional expert witness; incident/accident investigator for the U.S. Department of Justice and a private law firm; and consults on Homeland Security vulnerability assessments (VAs) for critical infrastructure including water/wastewater facilities nationwide. Dr. Spellman lectures on sewage treatment, water treatment and homeland security and health and safety topics throughout the country and teaches water/wastewater operator short courses at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). He holds a BA in public Administration; BS in Business Management; MBA; Master of Science, MS, in Environmental Engineering and PhD Environmental Engineering.