August 2011, Vol. 23, No.8

Water Volumes

Wastewater Solids Incineration Systems — Manual of Practice 30

Water Environment Federation, 2009, 601 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 368 pp. $99.95, hardcover, ISBN: 978-07-161471-9.

This volume offers guidance on incineration of wastewater solids, including sludge and biosolids. It covers the safety, permitting, design, operation, and maintenance of the wastewater solids incineration process.

The book has 11 chapters with six very detailed appendices. The manual starts with a brief introduction of the subject. The chapter on safety presents basic guidance for maintaining a safe incineration facility and also covers the regulations, codes, and standards. Permitting and emission regulations are described in appropriate length. A brief combustion theory concept is given before each technology is discussed.

The chapter on combustion technology focuses more on fluid bed rather than multiple-hearth technology. The heat recovery and reuse section covers key concepts, design, and operational details. Formation of pollutant emissions along with control and monitoring are presented with several schematic diagrams. The incinerator operation and maintenance chapter addresses key issues for operators to consider when operating either a multiple-hearth furnace or a fluid bed incinerator. In a separate chapter, an overview of instrument and control systems is presented. Appendices supplement topics, including combustion fundamentals, incineration subsystems, and costs. Case studies and a glossary of key terms add value to this manual.

This book will be a valuable reference for wastewater plant operators, engineers, and managers. It has ready-to-use information for day-to-day operation of wastewater solids incineration systems. Although written by a committee, the chapters are interconnected and have few redundancies.


Rasheed Ahmad is a senior watershed manager at the Department of Watershed Management for the City of Atlanta.


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