Textbook "Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions" free to download (by IWA Publishing)

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Textbook "Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions" free to download (by IWA Publishing)

Dear colleagues from SuSanA,

I am very pleased to announce that, after negotiations with IWA Publishing, our textbook “Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions” may now be freely downloadable by anyone (as part of an effort by IWA to make texts on developing countries freely available) at this link:
www.iwapublishing.com/open-access-ebooks/3567
(link corrected on 27 Oct. 2017 by moderator EvM)

It is a large book (two volumes, 1496 pages), and I hope it may be useful. In Brazil, the version in Portuguese is widely adopted at our universities, both for undergraduate and graduate levels. There is also a Spanish translation (these are not available for downloading).

Feel free to pass this information to other people.

In the above link you will see other books by ourselves (six volumes, comprising the Biological Wastewater Treatment series), but they are simply the large book split into smaller ones.

Please find below the description of the book that is in the IWA website.

Best regards,

Marcos von Sperling


Biological Wastewater Treatment in Warm Climate Regions gives a state-of-the-art presentation of the science and technology of biological wastewater treatment, particularly domestic sewage. The book covers the main treatment processes used worldwide with wastewater treatment in warm climate regions given a particular emphasis where simple, affordable and sustainable solutions are required.

This comprehensive book presents in a clear and informative way the basic principles of biological wastewater treatment, including theory and practice, and covering conception, design and operation. In order to ensure the practical and didactic view of the book, 371 illustrations, 322 summary tables and 117 examples are included. All major wastewater treatment processes are covered by full and interlinked design examples which are built up throughout the book, from the determination of wastewater characteristics, the impact of discharge into rivers and lakes, the design of several wastewater treatment processes and the design of sludge treatment and disposal units.

The 55 chapters are divided into 7 parts over two volumes: Volume One: (1) Introduction to wastewater characteristics, treatment and disposal; (2) Basic principles of wastewater treatment; (3) Stabilisation ponds; (4) Anaerobic reactors; Volume Two: (5) Activated sludge; (6) Aerobic biofilm reactors; (7) Sludge treatment and disposal.

As well as being an ideal textbook, Biological Wastewater Treatment in Warm Climate Regions is an important reference for practising professionals such as engineers, biologists, chemists and environmental scientists, acting in consulting companies, water authorities and environmental agencies.
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Dear Mr. Marcos,

Profound thanks to you for making the two volumes free. People from the developing countries, who are poor and cannot afford to pay for the books, due to the rising cost of living (like me) will greatly benefit by this free publication offer.

Is there any way, you could request IWA to make more books available free, for downloading? That would be a great, great service to the financially hard-pressed professionals.

Thank you again

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Dear Marcus,
congratulations and thanks for your efforts to make the books available for free for all now,
great, Guenter

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Parabéns Marcos,
that is a very very good iniciative.

Yours Christoph
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Dear Marcos,

what a great work! Thank you for the shared insights.

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Dear colleagues,

Many thanks for the positive replies.

I would like to see IWA investing more on this direction of making books relevant to developing countries freely available. I contacted IWA President (Glen Daigger) and he also thinks that this is a good idea, and pushed further the approval for our book. But I think if more of you contacted IWA reinforcing this idea, this would assist in creating a basis for more free books.

Thre was a question by Christoph regarding availability in other languages, particularly Spanish. The freely downloadable version of the book
"Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions" is available only
in English, via IWA WaterWiki. A Spanish translation is being done by a
colleague from Universidad de Nariño, Colombia (Iván Andrés Sanchez Ortiz),
and so far he has already finished the more introductory book and the one on
anaerobic reactors (both already available). The Spanish and the Portuguese versions are only printed.

Best regards to all,

Marcos
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Re: Textbook "Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions" free to download (by IWA Publishing)

Dear Marcos,

The link that you provided in your post in October 2013 for the free download of your book no longer works.

But good news: I found another one that does work and that is even more comprehensive, listing a whole range of books related to developing countries issues now freely available:
www.iwapublishing.com/open-access-ebooks/3567

That's great!

You had mentioned above:

I would like to see IWA investing more on this direction of making books relevant to developing countries freely available. I contacted IWA President (Glen Daigger) and he also thinks that this is a good idea


Sounds like you were successful!

When I look at this page: www.iwapublishing.com/books/bookarticle-.../marcos-von-sperling
I see you have a new book on Treatment Wetlands coming out in November which will be freely available as an open access text? That's great.
Please make sure you advertise it here on the forum once it's out.

The reason why I was looking for these free download links today is because I was doing some work on the Wikipedia article on "Waste stabilization ponds": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_stabilization_pond

Up until today, none of your publications had been cited in there which was not good. I have now added a reference in two places (much more could still be done; replacing some other less suitable citations). Any chance you or anyone from your team would like to work with me on that? See also our Sanitation Wikipedia drive announcement here: forum.susana.org/forum/?view=topic&catid=213&id=21749

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Elisabeth

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Re: ENC: RES: [SuSanA Forum] Textbook "Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions" free to download (by IWA Publishing) (Various other technologies and comparisons of treatment technologies)

Dear Elisabeth,

Indeed, the link to the Open Access books changed. Initially, they were hosted at IWA Water Wiki, which no longer exists as such. Now they are hosted directly on IWA Publishing website, on the Open Access link (exactly the link you found and mentioned in your e-mail).

Yes, a new book is being launched. Treatment Wetlands will be volume 7 of the "Biological Wastewater Treatment Series". All the seven volumes are freely available for downloading at the link mentioned. The new book has been written by a team of experts in wetlands, and turned out to be very good and practical. When it is launched (which is likely to be in the next few weeks) we will mention it here.

I gave a look at the existing Wikipedia text on Stabilization Ponds, and think I can give a contribution to it, mostly in the reviewing process. The only limitation I have in the moment is my immediate time availability. I will be travelling during most of November, and will be able to deal with it only from sometime in December. Is this still acceptable?

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Marcos
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Re: ENC: RES: [SuSanA Forum] Textbook "Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions" free to download (by IWA Publishing) (Various other technologies and comparisons of treatment technologies)

Thanks a lot for your fast response, Marcos!

And yes, December is still fine for reviewing the Wikipedia article on waste stabilization ponds. It would greatly benefit from a once-over review by an expert such as yourself!

Remember that the target audience is the general public and also people whose native language is not English necessarily. We therefore recommend simple sentences to improve the readability score.

Also keep in mind that some of the authors of the article might have been laypersons and they may over oversimplified things and therefore introduced errors. This we need to correct. The aim is to have a text that is simple, easy to understand but correct and well referenced (e.g. by using your publications; if we reference your book then giving chapter numbers or page numbers would be really helpful).

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