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The Nalco Water Handbook, 2nd ed.

This book attempts the impossible, covering the entire spectrum of water treatment within one single volume. It looks first at the nature of water then at the various techniques for treating it. There are sections giving a brief overview of the water related applications of various sectors of industry, eg. the steel industry where 120 tons of water are required to produce each ton of steel.

The second edition fills in some of the gaps of the first edition and keeps pace with new technologies such as reverse osmosis and electrodialysis. New sections discuss ultra-pure water needed for the semiconductor industry and energy conservation considerations.

Although you can spot the company logo in a few illustrations, there is no feeling of a company-produced book when you read through it. The one area I really missed was data handling. Nalco (Alchem in Canada) recently introduced statistical process control (SPC) to their service package, but did not include it here.

Some sections are too brief and just whet the appetite. Nevertheless this is a valuable book for anyone with a serious need to know more about industrial water treatment and the chemistry behind it. The book would make a valuable addition to the plant engineer's library. It would be suitable for a college level text book.
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Author:Silbert, Marvin
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1993
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