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Water Treatment Plant Performance Evaluations and Operations Hardcover – February 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470288610 ISBN-10: 0470288612 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470288612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470288610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,654,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A guide for evaluating water treatment plant performance, improving analytical capabilities, and optimizing plant operations

Documenting a twelve-year cooperative effort between H2O'C Engineering and the Bloomington, Illinois, Water Department, this book presents the results of a series of twenty-six on-site studies to systematically evaluate and improve unit processes, operations, and procedures at the Bloomington, Illinois, Water Treatment Plant. It provides guidelines for comparable long-term studies, illustrating how other water treatment plants might develop their own advanced analytic laboratory capabilities, assess treatment process performance, and improve their operations.

Using a case study approach, the authors address such issues as:

  • Maintaining regulatory compliance

  • Evaluating particle and organism removal performance

  • Testing, evaluating, and enhancing filter operations

  • Managing seasonal taste and odor problems resulting from algal blooms

  • Improving lime softening performance, efficiency, and operations

  • Quantifying GAC adsorption and microbial degradation of organic matter

  • Developing a comprehensive plant operations manual

Following the experiences of the Bloomington Water Department, readers learn how to utilize basic tools and internal resources to reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, meet evolving regulatory requirements, update emergency procedures, and document standard operational procedures and experiences.

About the Author

Dr. John T. O'connor, PE, is the CEO of H2O'C Engineering in Columbia, Missouri ( He earned his BS in civil engineering from The Cooper Union and his doctorate in engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. He has also served as the chief of the Illinois State Water Survey and as chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. O'Connor has authored over 100 technical publications related to water quality and treatment.

Tom O'connor, PE, is a principal of H2O'C Engineering in Columbia, Missouri ( He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's in business administration from the University of Missouri; is an expert in environmental and energy issues; and specializes in the design, evaluation, optimization, and modeling of water and wastewater systems.

Rick Twait earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Bradley University and is Superintendent of Water Purification at the Bloomington, Illinois, Water Treatment Plant. He is an aquatic biologist, limnologist, and former researcher at the Illinois State Water Survey.

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