Wet Weather Design and Operation in Water Resource Recovery Facilities

May 2015 • Volume 27 • Number 5

Water Environment Federation (2014), 601 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 306 pp., $130, softcover, ISBN: 978-1-57278-304-1.

Reviewed by Lawrence K. Wang and Mu-Hao S. Wang

This special publication was prepared by the Wet Weather Design and Operation in Water Resource Recovery Facilities Task Force of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the WEF Technical Practice Committee Control Group.

Forty-three experts on wet weather facility design and operation contributed 16 chapters covering design considerations, integrated systems approach for design and operation, site selection and facility arrangement, facility hydraulics and pumping, support systems, occupational health and safety, modeling for wet weather, on-site storage and flow equalization, preliminary treatment, primary treatment, biological treatment, high rate treatment, disinfection, and residuals. All chapters are grouped around planning and configuration for wet weather events and facility processes.

Both U.S. customary units and metric units are used side-by-side — except in the figures. The text presentation style is consistent throughout the entire book. Every chapter has a list of updated references and/or suggested readings. The book also presents many useful planning examples or case studies for wet weather facility design and operation.

Overall, this is a 5-star book, which provides professionals involved in the design and operation of water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) with a comprehensive reference of modern practices for dealing with the unique challenges associated with wet weather conditions. For detailed design calculations, the book refers readers to another book, Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (WEF MOP No. 8). For additional planning reference, readers are referred to a guidebook, Guide for Municipal Wet Weather Strategies.

Lawrence K. Wang and Mu-Hao S. Wang are professors and consultants at the Lenox Institute of Technology (Newtonville, N. Y.).

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