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Water and Wastewater Treatment

A Guide for the Nonengineering Professional, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Joanne E. Drinan, Frank Spellman

CRC Press

300 pages | 113 B/W Illus.

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Lauded for its engaging, highly readable style, the best-selling first edition became the premier guide for nonengineers involved in water and wastewater treatment operations. Water and Wastewater Treatment: A Guide for the Nonengineering Professional, Second Edition continues to provide a simple, nonmathematical account of the unit processes used to treat both drinking water and wastewater.

Completely revised and expanded, this second edition adds new material on technological advances, regulatory requirements, and other current issues facing the water and wastewater industries. Using step-by-step, jargon-free language, the authors present all the basic unit processes involved in drinking water and wastewater treatment. They describe each unit process, the function of the process in water or wastewater treatment, and the basic equipment used in each process. They also explain how the processes fit together within a drinking water or wastewater treatment system and discuss the fundamental concepts that constitute water and wastewater treatment processes as a whole.

Avoiding mathematics, chemistry, and biology, the book includes numerous illustrations for easy comprehension of concepts and processes. It also contains chapter summaries and an extensive glossary of terms and abbreviations for quick reference.


Praise for the Bestselling Previous Edition

"It is a very well-structured book and, when reading it, it becomes clear that it is indeed for the non-engineering professional as mentioned in the title and in the introduction of the book… Technically speaking, the contents of the book are very good and allow the reader to understand all the processes present in different types and steps of water and wastewater treatment. This is also supported by the very good and straightforward way of explaining things and, as already mentioned, the very good structure of the book… In conclusion, this book is a very good introduction and reference book to water and wastewater treatment, especially for the non-engineering professional."

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2001

Table of Contents


Current Issues in Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations

Basics of Water Treatment

Water Regulations, Parameters, and Characteristics

Water Purification: System Overview

Sources, Intake, and Screening

Coagulation and Flocculation





Basics of Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater Regulations, Parameters, and Characteristics

Wastewater Sources and Types

Wastewater Treatment: Basic Overview

Collection Systems

Preliminary Treatment

Primary Sedimentation

Biological Treatment

Secondary Sedimentation

Advanced Treatment

Wastewater Disinfection

Discharge Effluent

Basics of Water and Wastewater Solids Treatment and Management

Water Solids Management: System Overview

Water Solids Treatment and Disposal

Wastewater Biosolids Management: System Overview

Wastewater Biosolids Treatment

Wastewater Biosolids Disposal



About the Authors

Joanne E. Drinan is a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer with 20 years of active duty. She also was an administrative coordinator for a large wastewater treatment sanitation district. She currently works for a nonprofit organization and has authored/coauthored more than 12 environmental science books.

Frank R. Spellman is a retired U.S. Navy officer with 26 years of active duty, a retired environmental safety and health manager for a large wastewater sanitation district, and a retired assistant professor of environmental health at Old Dominion University. Dr. Spellman has authored/coauthored 76 books and currently consults on environmental matters with the U.S. Department of Justice and various law firms and environmental entities throughout the world.

Subject Categories

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