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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:
(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.
Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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