April 2012, Vol. 24, No.4

Water Volumes

Ozonation of Water and Waste Water, Second Edition: A Practical Guide to Understanding Ozone and Its Applications

Christiane Gottschalk, Judy A. Libra, and Adrian Saupe (2010). WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH, Boschstrasse 12, D-69469, Weinheim, Germany, 362 pp., $130, hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-527-31962-6.

In the last two decades, the use of ozone technology has emerged as a leading process in treating water and wastewater to meet stringent regulations for disinfection byproducts and microorganisms. This book is an update to the previous edition that was published in 2000.

After a brief introduction on ozone, the authors describe the toxicological aspects of ozone. Since ozone is a strong oxidant, the reaction mechanisms are examined at both basic and advanced process levels. The book also explores ozone applications; historical development and the diversity of ozone applications are covered in great detail. The book discusses ozone as applied to purification and treatment for many types of water, including groundwaters and surface waters for drinking water use, domestic and industrial wastewaters for reuse or discharge to natural waterbodies, and waters in swimming pools and cooling-water systems.

The second half of the book covers experimental design, equipment and analytical methods, mass transfer, reaction kinetics, modeling of ozonation processes, and the application of ozone in combined processes. Material on experimental design and reactor kinetics provides a firm basis to understand ozonation modeling approaches and applications. The authors have compiled all possible combinations of ozone with other water treatment processes in the final chapter, which illustrates how the oxidizing potential of ozone can be utilized. The authors have included extensive literature references to help direct the reader to more information. A glossary of technical terms also is included.

This book will be a valuable reference for design and process engineers and managers. For ozone scientists and researchers, this volume can serve as comprehensive treatise for understanding the complexities of ozonation. The writing style is cogent and consistent.


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


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