From the Back Cover
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 H2
O'C Engineering in Columbia, Missouri (www.h2oc.com). 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 (www.h2oc.com). 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.