October 2006, Vol. 18, No.10

Water Volumes

Water Volumes - Mathematics Manual for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators

Frank R. Spellman (2004). CRC Press, 200 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431, 712 pp., $107.95, softcover, ISBN 1-566-706750.

 This manual is set up as a quick reference book for solving most of the mathematical problems encountered by students, plant operators, engineers, and other professionals in the water and wastewater field.

It introduces, defines, and gives examples of the most basic mathematical concepts, such as powers, exponents, solving for equations, and elementary electrical calculations. It then elaborates on specific topics for the water and wastewater industry, including pumps. The manual also covers in detail most process and unit operations for water and wastewater treatment in a streamlined, step-by-step manner.

This is a comprehensive, clearly explained compendium of calculations for solving virtually any routine or common sizing or design problem with efficient methods. The author provides abundant examples, using practical field data with simple problem-solving techniques.

The manual’s structure makes it possible for both industry newcomers and seasoned professionals to find desired information quickly. Students will find this manual a great introduction to nearly every water and wastewater topic, as well as a good tool for getting acquainted with the basic design steps of different unit processes. The useful in-text examples are complemented by an excellent workbook and answer key.

Presentation of the material and the problem-oriented contents are ideally suited for plant operators seeking licensure and for students who need a quick reference and preparation guide.

This manual would be even more valuable if it included a list of references for each topic, enabling the reader to pinpoint sources for more in-depth information on the specific processes and treatment steps presented.

Miguel Vera is manager of biosolids products at EIMCO Water Technologies (Salt Lake City).