Water Environment Federation, 601 Wythe
Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1994, USA, 2012, 432 pp., $85, softcover, ISBN:
In its fifth
edition, this simplified laboratory manual for operator–analysts from the Water
Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has been revised and renamed.
Based on the best-selling
Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and
this book explains in easy-to-understand language various
practical topics, including wastewater constituents, sampling, laboratory
safety, laboratory analysis, testing equipment, basic chemistry, basic
laboratory skills, data interpretation skills, quality assurance/quality
control, physical and chemical examination, activated sludge system microscopic
examination, microbiological examination, spectrophotometry, data recording,
and process monitoring.
The book is designed for operators and analysts who have
limited background in chemistry, biology, bacteriology, and data analysis. It
provides the basics for process monitoring and control and permit reporting for
water resource recovery facility (WRRF) operations. Each basic laboratory
procedure is performed commonly in wastewater laboratories, and each is broken
down into easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions.
Under the direction of Sidney Innerebner, the book was
written by 14 professionals in the field and edited and produced by WEF with
balanced chapter lengths and a uniform writing style.
Reclamation of wastewater and biosolids for reuse at WRRFs
is a new global trend. By changing the manual’s title from Basic Laboratory
Procedures for Wastewater Examination to the current one, Basic
Laboratory Procedures for the Operator–Analyst, WEF has set the stage for
possible future expansion to cover simplified laboratory procedures for
examination of not only wastewater but also biosolids, reclaimed water, and
This book was prepared mainly for operators and analysts
working at activated sludge facilities. However, there exist many other types
of biological WRRFs, as well as many 100% physicochemical municipal and
It is recommended that the next edition include
laboratory procedures for other biological and physicochemical systems. In this
rapidly changing world, a useful book like this one should be revised and
updated every 5 years.
This excellent and practical book could be further
improved by adding more simplified laboratory procedures (sampling and/or
analysis), such as chemical oxygen demand, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, total
organic carbon, carbon dioxide in digester gas, hydrogen sulfide in
wastewater/atmosphere, and some selected heavy metals (ion-selective electrode
Lawrence K. Wang and Mu-Hao S. Wang are professors and consultants at the Lenox Institute of Technology (Newtonville, N.Y.).
For more details or to purchase Basic Laboratory Procedures for the Operator-Analyst visit Shop WEF.