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4th Edition

Water Science and Technology
An Introduction

ISBN 9781498753456
Published June 19, 2017 by CRC Press
704 Pages 288 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Water has become one of the most important issues of our time intertwined with global warming and population expansion. The management of water supplies and the conservation of water resources remains one of the most challenging yet exciting issues of our time. Water and wastewater treatment technologies are constantly evolving creating an increasingly sustainable industry that is one of the world's largest and most interdisciplinary sectors, employing chemists, microbiologists, botanists, zoologists as well as engineers, computer specialists and a range of different management professionals.


This accessible student textbook introduces the reader to the key concepts of water science and technology by explaining the fundamentals of hydrobiology, aquatic ecosystems, water treatment and supply, wastewater treatment and integrated catchment management. This fourth edition is extensively changed throughout, with new coverage of the effects of climate change, environmental assessment, sustainability and the threat to biodiversity.


The text serves as a primer for both undergraduate and graduate students in either science or engineering who have an interested in freshwater biology/hydrobiology or environmental engineering. It is also useful as a unified transitional course for those who want to span the traditional areas of engineering, biology, chemistry, microbiology or business. Professionals and consultants will also find the book a useful reference.

Table of Contents





Water resources and ecology

1 Water resources and demand

2 Factors determining the distribution of animals and plants in freshwaters

3 Basic aquatic ecosystems

4 Microorganisms in pollution control

5 Water pollution


Water quality management and assessment

6 Water basin management

7 Water quality and regulation

8 Water quality assessment


Pollution control

9 Nature of wastewater

10 Introduction to wastewater treatment

11 Activated sludge

12 Fixed-film systems

13 Natural treatment systems

14 Anaerobic processes

15 Sludge treatment and disposal

16 On-site and small-scale treatment systems


Drinking water treatment and supply

17 Water treatment and distribution

18 Physico-chemical treatment processes

19 Drinking water contamination

20 Pathogens and their removal



21 Sustainability principles in water management


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Nick Gray is Director of the Trinity Centre for the Environment at Trinity College Dublin. He has worked primarily in the area of biological wastewater treatment for thirty years, working mainly on full-scale treatment systems, especially the design and operation of reactor processes.


"A good integral overview on the relevant topics related to water usage which are of importance to consider when large scale applications are considered."

-- Michel Boesten, University of Groningen, Netherlands

"This book ...brings to light the contemporary issues along with the traditional issues associated with the water sector."

-- Suresh Renukappa, University of Wolverhampton, UK

"I was impressed with Gray’s third edition, and the fourth appears to build on that success. I find it to be a good general overview of water systems and water pollution control and, in a time when students find it hard to buy one specialized book let alone several, this book is broad enough to meet several needs simultaneously."

-- Charles V. Shorten, West Chester University, USA