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Wastewater Book Selections

There are a lot of books listed here. And at any given time, depending on what I’m researching, I refer to one or another of these books. They are listed because I find value in them. This book list has been growing for more than 36 years now. So where should you start when it comes to developing your own library? For wastewater you will find yourself well-served with these five textbooks.

  1. Grady, C. P. Leslie Jr., Glen T. Daigger, and Henry C. Lim. Biological Wastewater Treatment. 2nd ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc. 1999.
  2. Henze, Mogens, et al. Biological Wastewater Treatment. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2008.

3. Metcalf & Eddy. Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse. 4th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

4. Nalco Company. The Nalco Water Handbook. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

5. Water Environment Federation. Operation of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. 5th ed. Manual of Practice 11. 1996. (Three volume set.)


Andreoli, Cleverson Vitorio, Marcus von Sperling, and Fernando Fernandes. Sludge Treatment and Disposal. Volume 6. London: IWA Publishing, 2007.

Berne, F and J. Cordonnier. Industrial Water Treatment. Refining, Petrochemicals, and Gas Processing Techniques. Houston: Gulf Publishing Company, 1995.

Bitton, Gabriel. Wastewater Microbiology. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005.

Bratby, John. Coagulation and Flocculation in Water and Wastewater Treatment. 2nd ed. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2006.

California State University, Sacramento. Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants: Volume I. Sacramento, CA: 1998.

---. Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants: Volume II. 5th ed.. Sacramento, CA: 2001.

---. Advanced Waste Treatment. 3rd ed. Sacramento, CA: 1998.

Carraher, Charles E. Jr. Introduction to Polymer Chemistry. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2010.

Cervantes, Francisco J., Spyros B. Pavlostathis, and Adrianus C. van Haandel. Advanced Biological Treatment Processes for Industrial Wastewaters. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2006.

Chernicharo, Carlos Augusto de Lemos. Anaerobic Reactors. Volume 4. London: IWA Publishing, 2007.

Clark, Robert M. and Benjamin W. Lykins, Jr. Granular Activated Carbon. Design, Operation, and Cost. Chelsea, MI: Lewis Publishers, 1991.

Connell, Des W. Basic Concepts of Environmental Chemistry. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers, 1997.

Cooney, David O. Adsorption Design for Wastewater Treatment. Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers, 1999.

Dean, John A. Lange’s Handbook of Chemistry. 15th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1999.

Doble, Mukesh and Anil Kumar. Biotreatment of Industrial Effluents.Oxford, UK: Elsevier, 2005.

Eckenfelder, W. Wesley Jr. Industrial Water Pollution Control. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Eckenfelder, W. Wesley and Petr Grau. Activated Sludge Process Design and Control: Theory and Practice. Lancaster, PA: Technomic Publishing Co., 1992.

Fang, Herbert H P. Environmental Anaerobic Technology. London, UK: Imperial College Press, 2010.

Felder, Richard M. and Ronald W. Rousseau. Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000.

Gerardi, Michael H. Nitrification and Denitrification in the Activated Sludge Process. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2002.

---. Settleability Problems and Loss of Solids in the Activated Sludge Process. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2002.

---. The Microbiology of Anaerobic Digesters. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.

---. Wastewater Bacteria. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.

---. Microscopic Examination of the Activated Sludge Process. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

---. Troubleshooting the Sequencing Batch Reactor. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Gerardi, Michael H. and Mel C. Zimmerman. Wastewater Pathogens. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005.

Grady, C. P. Leslie Jr., Glen T. Daigger, and Henry C. Lim. Biological Wastewater Treatment. 2nd ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc. 1999.

Hammer, Mark J. and Mark J. Hammer, Jr. Water and Wastewater Treatment. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Henze, Mogens, et al. Wastewater Treatment: Biological and Chemical Processes. 3rd ed. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2002.

---. Biological Wastewater Treatment. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2008.

IWA Task Group. Respirometry in Control of the Activated Sludge Process: Benchmarking Control Strategies. Scientific and Technical Report No. 11. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2002.

---. Activated Sludge Separation Problems: Theory, Control Measures, Practical Experience. Scientific and Technical Report No. 16. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2008.

Jern, NG Wun. Industrial Wastewater Treatment. London, UK: Imperial College Press, 2006.

Judd, Simon. The MBR Book. Principles and Applications of Membrane Bioreactors for Water and Wastewater Treatment. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Elsevier, 2011.

Karassik, Igor J., et al. Pump Handbook. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Kim, Yong H. Coagulants and Flocculants. Littleton, CO: Tall Oaks Publishing, 1995.

Lee, C. C. and Shun Dar Lin. Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Levin, Morris A. and Michael A. Gealt. Biotreatment of Industrial and Hazardous Waste. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993.

Lide, David R, ed. Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. 84th ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2003.

Liu, David H.F. and Bela G. Liptak. Wastewater Treatment. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers, 2000.

Malina, Joseph F. Jr. and Frederick G. Pohland. Design of Anaerobic Processes for the Treatment of Industrial and Municipal Wastes. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1992.

Manahan, Stanley E. Environmnetal Chemistry. 7th ed. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers, 2000.

Mays, Larrry W. Hydraulic Design Handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999.

Metcalf & Eddy. Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse. 4th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

Nalco Company. The Nalco Water Handbook. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Nayyar, Mohinder L. Piping Handbook. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Orhon, Derin, Fatos Germirli Babuna, and Ozlem Karahan. Industrial Wastewater Treatment by Activated Sludge. London, UK: IWA Publishing, 2009.

Peters, Max S., Klaus D. Timmerhaus, and Ronald E. West. Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers. 5th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

Perry, Robert H. and Don W. Green. Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.

Price, Joanne Kirkpatrick. Applied Math For Water Plant Operators. Lancaster, PA: Technomic Publishing Co., Inc., 1991.

---. Applied Math For Wastewater Plant Operators.

Rittmann, Bruce E. and Perry L. McCarty. Environmental Biotechnology: Priciples and Applications. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Rozich, Alan F. and Anthony F. Gaudy, Jr. Design and Operation of Activated Sludge Processes Using Respirometry. Chelsea, MI: Lewis Publishers, 1992.

Sedlak, Richard. Phosphorous and Nitrogen Remvoal from Municipal Wastewater. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1991.

Skousen, Philip L. Valve Handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998.

Stephenson, Ralph L. and James B. Blackburn, Jr. The Industrial Wastewater Systems Handbook. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers, 1998.

Teegarden, David. Polymer Chemistry. Arlington, VA: NSTA press, 2004.

Torpy, Michael F. Anaerobic Treatment of Industrial Wastewaters. Park Ridge, NJ: Noyes Data Corporation, 1988.

Turovskiy, Izrail S. and P.K. Mathai. Wastewater Sludge Processing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.

Tuzson, John. Centrifugal Pump Design. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000.

Young, James C. and Robert M. Cowan. Respirometry for Environmental Science and Engineering. Springdale, AR: SJ Enterprises, 2004.

von Sperling, Marcus. Wastewater Characteristics, Treatment and Disposal. Volume 1. London: IWA Publishing, 2007.

---. Basic Principles of Wastewater Treatment. Volume 2. London: IWA Publishing, 2007.

---. Waste Stabilisation Ponds. Volume 3. London: IWA Publishing, 2007.

---. Activated Sludge and Aerobic Biofilm Reactors. Volume 5. London: IWA Publishing, 2007.

Wachinski, Anthony M. Membrane Processes for Water Reuse. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013.

Water Environment Federation. Wastewater Biology: The Life Process. Alexandria, VA, 1994.

---. Wastewater Biology: The Habitats. Alexandria, VA, 2000.

---. Wastewater Biology: The Microlife. 2nd ed. Alexandria, VA, 2001.

---. Activated Sludge. 2nd ed. Manual of Practice OM-9. Alexandria, VA, 2002.

---. Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) Operation in Wastewater Treatment Plants. 2nd ed. Manual of Practice No. 29. Alexandria, VA: WEF Press, 2005.

---. Industrial Wastewater Management, Treatment, and Disposal. 3rd ed. Manual of Practice No. FD-3. Alexandria, VA, 2008.

---. Operation of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. 5th ed. Manual of Practice 11. 1996.

---. Membrane Systems for Wastewater Treatment. Alexandria, VA: WEF Press, 2006.

---. An Introduction to Process Modeling for Designers. Alexandria, VA: WEF Press, 2009.

---. Membrane Bioreactors. WEF Manual of Practice No. 36. Alexandria, VA: WEF Press, 2012.

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Water Environment Federation & American Society of Civil Engineers. Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. 4th ed. Alexandria, VA, 1998.

Wiesmann, Udo, In Su Choi, and Eva-Maria Dombrowski. Fundamentals of Biological Wastewater Treatment. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH, 2007.

Woodard, Frank. Industrial Waste Treatment. Woburn, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.


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