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

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,

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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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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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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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Providing an update here for a thread that was started 8 years ago. The mentioned textbook "Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions" whose pdf file is available for free online came in very handy to me when I recently reworked the Wikipedia articles on sewage and sewage treatment: It's great (and rare) to have a textbook available for free online, so I have now used it as a source about 30 times in each of the two articles.* It contained exactly the kind of information that I felt the general public should know about. I replaced a lot of content that was US centric without even saying that it was US centric. With that I mean a statement such as: 

The volume of domestic sewage produced per person varies with the availability of water and cost of water, [12]  and is typically within the range of 190–380 l (42–84 imp gal; 50–100 US gal) per capita per day. [4] :296

That's how it was worded in the Wikipedia article on sewage on 25 July, see here . It is a pet hate of mine when Wikipedia articles make it sound like whatever the situation is in the United States, the same applies at the global level! (sadly, it's still like this in many Wikipedia articles; that's why we need more editors from other countries). 

I have changed the wording now to this (see here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sewage#Flowrates ):

The volume of domestic sewage produced per person (or " per capita ", abbreviated as "cap") varies with the water consumption in the respective locality. [2] :11 A range of factors influence water consumption and hence the sewage flowrates per person. These include: Water availability (the opposite of  water scarcity ),  water supply  options,  climate  (warmer climates may lead to greater water consumption), community size, economic level of the community, level of  industrialization metering  of household consumption, water cost, water pressure and system losses in the  water supply network . [2] :20

[...]

With regards to water consumption, a design figure that can be regarded as "world average" is 35-90 L per person per day (data from 1992). [5] :163 The same publication estimated water consumption in China as 80 L per person per day, Africa as 15-35 L per person per day, and Latin America and Caribbean as 70-190 L per person per day. [5] :163

With this post today I'd like to encourage you to help improve those two Wikipedia articles further. You can either make edits directly yourself or you can tell me what you think should be changed. For example, are there any gaps in current issues that ought to be mentioned?

For example, I feel like something about antibiotic resistance spread via untreated sewage discharges should be included but I don't know yet how and where. (there is a bit of content in Wikipedia's article on "antimicrobial resistance" but it should be improved and updated:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_resi..._sanitation,_hygiene )

Regards,
Elisabeth


* I used this reference, cited as follows based on its DOI: 
Von Sperling, M. (2015).  "Wastewater Characteristics, Treatment and Disposal"Water Intelligence Online6 (0): 9781780402086–9781780402086.  doi : 10.2166/9781780402086 ISSN   1476-1777 .

The different books were a bit confusing to me but Marcos explained it as follows:

"A general book that could be cited is:
VON SPERLING, M., CHERNICHARO, C.A.L. (2005). Biological wastewater treatment in warm climate regions. Two volumes. IWA Publishing. 1496 p. ISBN 1843390027.
https://iwaponline.com/ebooks/book/127/Biological-Wastewater-Treatment-in-Warm-Climate
 
This book was later on (2007) split into six volumes (with a seventh volume, Treatment
Wetlands, added in 2017). Volume 1 covers this topic:
 
VON SPERLING, M. (2007). Wastewater characteristics, treatment and disposal. Volume 1.Biological Wastewater Treatment Series. IWA Publishing. 296 p. ISBN 1843391619.
https://iwaponline.com/ebooks/book/72/Wastewater-Characteristics-Treatment-and-Disposal "
 
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Hi Elisabeth and colleagues,

I am very glad that the books have been useful. Congratulations on the very important initiative of updating the Wikipedia articles on wastewater treatment. I will give a look at them later on and am willing to contribute.

For everyone, to facilitate understanding about the open-access books published by IWA that you mentioned, I am attaching here a file with a short list, with their title, cover and link for downloading.

Best regards,

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