Handbook of Water Purity and Quality

Handbook of Water Purity and Quality

2nd Edition - April 21, 2021

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  • Editor: Satinder Ahuja
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210574
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323851381

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Handbook of Water Purity and Quality, Second Edition 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 includes an overview of the subject and discusses major water-related issues in developing and developed countries. Issues covered include sampling for water analysis, regulatory considerations, and forensics in water quality and purity investigations. Microbial as well as chemical contaminations from inorganic compounds, radionuclides, disinfectants, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, including endocrine disruptors, are discussed at length. In addition, the luxury of municipal water purified for human consumption is unavailable for a very large number of people. To help solve this problem, some economical water purification techniques, including a million-dollar Grainger prizewinner that can save millions of lives have been included. This fully updated second edition includes four new chapters on topics such as the GenX Water Contamination Problem, the impact of climate change on water, and green chemistry solutions to water pollution.

Key Features

  • Covers the scope of water contamination problems on a worldwide scale with an overview of major water-related issues in developing and developed countries, including monitoring techniques for potential terrorist-related activities
  • Provides a rich source of methods for analyzing water to ensure its safety from natural and deliberate contaminants
  • Includes a review of water quality forensics with the objective of tracking new potential water contaminants


Researchers, regulators, and managers involved with water quality and purity/wastewater industry, as well as libraries, institutions, corporations, and regulators involved in water purification; academics and students of chemistry or environmental science

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 518
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: April 21, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210574
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323851381

About the Editor

Satinder Ahuja

Satinder Ahuja
Satinder Ahuja is a leading expert on water quality improvement. He earned his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He worked for Novartis Corp. in various leadership positions for over 25 years and taught as an adjunct professor at Pace University for over 10 years. As president of Ahuja Consulting, he advises on water quality issues relating to chemicals and pharmaceuticals. A member of the executive committee of the Rivers of the World Foundation (ROW), Dr. Ahuja has organized numerous global symposia on improving water quality, including presentations for the American Chemical Society and UNESCO. Dr. Ahuja has published numerous papers and more than 25 books. His latest books are Contaminants in Our Water (ACS, 2020); Evaluating Water Quality to Prevent Future Disasters (Elsevier, 2019); Advances in Water Purification Techniques (Elsevier, 2019); and Chemistry and Water (Elsevier, 2017).

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Ahuja Consulting for Water Quality, Calabash, NC, USA

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