Desalination health and environment book to be published in June

A book on the health and environmental impacts of desalination is to be published by CRC Press in collaboration with the World Health Organization on 25 June 2010.

The 240-page hardback book, Desalination Technology: Health and Environmental Impacts (ISBN: 9781439828908), is edited by some well known names in the desalination community including Dr Joseph Cotruvo, Nikolay Voutchkov and D&WR Editorial Board member Sabine Lattemann. The text presents specifications for assessing water quality, technical issues associated with desalination technologies, and the chemical aspects of desalinated water and its microbiology.

The book also discusses environmental protection issues that assist in the optimization of proposed and existing desalination facilities to ensure that nations and consumers enjoy the benefits of the expanded access to desalinated water. This includes coverage of health and environmental issues such as energy conservation and sustainability as well as protection of delicate coastal ecosystems and groundwater from contamination by surface disposal of concentrates–challenges that must be addressed during the design, construction, and operation of a desalination facility.

It also introduces the concept, methodology, and practice of environmental impact assessment (EIA) for desalination projects with a proposed 10-step EIA approach.

This book’s unusual approach blends technical coverage of the latest technologies with coverage of the environmental and public health-related impacts of these technologies. It provides technical guidance based on the practical expertise of a balanced group of international scientists and engineers.