This work provides those involved in water purification research and administration with a comprehensive resource of methods for analyzing water to assure its safety from contaminants, both natural and human caused. The book first provides an overview of major water-related issues in developing and developed countries, followed by a review of issues of sampling for water analysis, regulatory considerations and forensics in water quality and purity investigations. The subsequent chapters cover microbial as well chemical contaminations from inorganic compounds, radionuclides, volatile and semi-volatile compounds, disinfectants, herbicides, and pharmaceuticals, including endocrine disruptors, as well as potential terrorist-related contamination. The last chapter describes the Grainger prize-winning filter that can remove arsenic from water sources and sufficiently protect the health of a large number of people.

Key Features

- Covers the scope of water contamination problems on a worldwide scale
- Provides a rich source of methods for analyzing water to assure its safety from natural and deliberate contaminants
- Describes the filter that won the $1 million Grainger prize and thereby highlighting an important approach to remediation


Researchers, regulators and managers involved with water quality and purity, as well as libraries, institutions and corporations involved with water purification.

Table of Contents

1. Overview 2. Delineation of a Major Problem of Arsenic-contaminated Groundwater 3. Water Quality Issues in Eastern Africa 4. Effect of Human Development on Water Quality 5. Sampling and Analysis of Arsenic in Groundwater in West Bengal-India and Bangladesh 6. Forensic Water Quality Investigations: Identifying Pollution Sources and Polluters 7. Regulatory Considerations to Ensure Clean and Safe Drinking Water 8. Microbiological Threats to Water Quality 9. Monitoring Inorganic Compounds 10. Radionuclides in Surface Water and Groundwater 11. Volatile and Semivolatile Contaminants 12. Monitoring Disinfectants, Marhaba Taha 13. Review of Reconnaissance Studies of Selected Herbicides and Their Degradation Products in Water 14. Monitoring of Pharmaceutical Residues in Sewage Effluents 15. Monitoring Terrorist-related Contamination 16. Groundwater Arsenic Removal Technologies Based on Sorbents: Field Applications and Sustainability


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About the editor

Satinder Ahuja

Satinder Ahuja earned his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. He worked for Novartis Corp. in various leadership positions for over 25 years while simultaneously teaching and guiding research as an adjunct professor at Pace University for over 10 years. As president of Ahuja Consulting, he advises on quality issues relating to chemicals/pharmaceuticals and water. Dr. Ahuja has published numerous papers and more than eighteen books. Two of his latest books are entitled "Water Reclamation and Sustainability" (Elsevier) and Comprehensive "Water Quality and Purification" (Elsevier). Others include "Monitoring Water Quality: Pollution Assessment, Analysis, and Remediation" (Elsevier, 2013); "Novel Solutions to Water Pollution" (ACS Symposium Volume, 2013); "Handbook of Water Purity and Quality" (Elsevier, 2009); and "Arsenic Contamination of Water: Mechanism, Analysis, and Remediation" (Wiley, 2008). A member of the executive committee of Rivers of the World Foundation (ROW), Dr. Ahuja is an expert on improving water quality and has organized numerous global symposia on this topic (American Chemical Society, UNESCO, etc.) In 2013, he gave a lecture on the nexus of food, energy, and water and chaired a symposium on the subject for the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ahuja Consulting, Calabash, NC, USA