The Drinking Water Handbook, Second Edition
CRC Press – 2012 – 388 pages
When you open the tap to fill your glass with drinking water, you expect the water to be of good quality. But is the water from your tap really safe? The second edition of an industry-wide bestseller, The Drinking Water Handbook explains the many processes employed to make water safe to drink. Starting at the source, it evaluates the quality control of drinking water through treatment and distribution to the tap, and its use and reuse by the consumer.
What’s in Your Glass of Water?
Engaging and accessible, the handbook covers important concepts and regulations and identifies current problems with the water supply. In addition to the traditional physical, chemical, and microbiological parameters that affect water quality, it discusses trihalomethanes, Cryptosporidium, viruses, carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), and other pollutants.
Solutions for Safer Drinking Water
The book also addresses the challenges faced by practitioners striving to provide the best drinking water quality to the consumer. It outlines techniques and technologies for monitoring and water treatment, from preliminary screening to filtration and disinfection, as well as advanced processes for specialized water problems. Recognizing the importance of protecting water infrastructure, the authors include a comprehensive chapter on security requirements for waterworks.
This user-friendly handbook puts technical information about drinking water in the hands of the general public, sanitary and public works engineers, public health administrators, water treatment operators, and students. Thoroughly updated to reflect current science and technologies, it takes a close look at what can be found in many tap water supplies and the measures taken to ensure the health and well-being of consumers.
What’s New in this Edition
"This book walks the reader through the important aspects of water, ranging from its importance to human survival (not to mention its cruel side, e.g. being a vector for contaminants) to its quality and how we improve, test, and protect it. The chapters are designed for every type of reader and even the seasoned water treatment operator will enjoy reading a chapter on something he/she is unfamiliar with, without having to find the details buried in a more complex reference book or on-line. This book brings so many important topics together and focuses on the essentials to inform the reader in a very well-balanced way while not bogging down the reader with mathematics and other topics more reserved for specialized engineering books."
—Adam Eyring, Philadelphia Water Department, Pennsylvania, USA
"The authors have much to offer in terms of experience and exposure. They write in a friendly, down-to-earth style. There is a lot of interest in water and the book should be a valuable addition to the literature."
—Windsor Sung, PhD, PE, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, USA
"… College students, practitioners and any concerned with drinking water quality and management will consider this reference a solid resource."
—Library Bookwatch, November 2012
Praise for the Previous Edition
"… a sound book describing the issues associated with the delivery of safe drinking water to the public. … The handbook's best features are its definitions of scientific vocabulary and jargon associated with water treatment, management, distribution, basic science, engineering, and drinking water regulations. Recommended for libraries serving students enrolled in engineering and technology programs, training programs for operators of water treatment facilities, and environmental science degree programs, as well as for journalists covering environmental affairs and local government."
—McNeese State University, in CHOICE, 2000
Setting the Stage
All about Water: Basic Concepts
The Water Cycle
Water Supply: The Q and Q Factors
Drinking Water Q and Q Vocabulary
Clean, Fresh, and Palatable: A Historical Perspective
Drinking Water Regulations
Clean Water Reform Is Born
Clean Water Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Drinking Water Supplies
Drinking Water Conveyance and Distribution
Surface Water and Groundwater Distribution Systems
Microbiological Drinking Water Parameters
Microbiology: What Is It?
Physical Drinking Water Parameters
Taste and Odor
Chemical Drinking Water Parameters
Total Dissolved Solids
Sources of Contaminants
The Chemical Cocktail
Drinking Water Monitoring
Is the Water Good or Bad?
Designing a Water Quality Monitoring Program
General Preparation and Sampling Considerations
Dissolved Oxygen and Biochemical Oxygen Demand
Nonconventional Water Treatment Technologies
Water Treatment of Organic and Inorganic Contaminants
Consequences of 9/11
Security Hardware and Devices
The Bottom Line on Security
All chapters include references and recommended reading, and most chapters include a summary.
Frank R. Spellman, PhD, is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with 26 years of active duty, a retired environmental safety and health manager for a large wastewater sanitation district in Virginia, and a retired assistant professor of environmental health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author or co-author of 75 books, with more soon to be published. Dr. Spellman consults on environmental matters with the U.S. Department of Justice and various law firms and environmental entities around the globe. He holds a BA in public administration, BS in business management, and MBA, MS, and PhD in environmental engineering. In 2011, he traced and documented the ancient water distribution system at Machu Pichu, Peru, and surveyed several drinking water resources in Amazonia, Ecuador.
Joanne E. Drinanis a retired administrative coordinator for a large wastewater treatment sanitation district in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is the author or co-author of more than 12 environmental science books and holds a BS from Saint Leo University in Florida.