Nashville businessman authors industry handbook

June 15, 2007
Bob Alley, founder and chairman of the board of E. Roberts Alley & Associates Inc., has written the Water Quality Control Handbook, 2nd edition, published under WEFPress, a joint publishing alliance between McGraw-Hill Professional and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). This is the only book that combines textbook design, theory and implementation with a wastewater treatment design handbook. The textbook portion describes the theory, design formulas, schematics and practical...

• Bob Alley of E. Roberts Alley & Associates Inc. has authored the environmental engineering industry's Water Quality Control Handbook

NASHVILLE, TN, May 30, 2007 -- Bob Alley, founder and chairman of the board of E. Roberts Alley & Associates Inc., has written the Water Quality Control Handbook, 2nd edition, published under WEFPress™, a joint publishing alliance between McGraw-Hill Professional and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

This is the only book that combines textbook design, theory and implementation with a wastewater treatment design handbook. The textbook portion describes the theory, design formulas, schematics and practical design hints for all types of physical, chemical and biological wastewater treatment. The handbook portion contains hydraulic information, including water and air pipe sizing and weir and flume sizing, conversion data, water characteristics, chemical characteristics including corrosion resistance, design information including piping dimensions, tank drainage and economy, and a list of EPA sampling and analytical methods for testing physical, chemical and biological pollutants.

The book is an excellent practical textbook for any environmental course in wastewater treatment in the Environmental, Civil Engineering or Environmental Science department at any university. It also provides the environmental practitioner with a useful and practical handbook. More information, including where to purchase the book, can be found at www.mhprofessional.com and www.wef.org/Marketplace.

This is the second edition of the Water Quality Control Handbook. Alley authored the first edition, which was published in 2000. The second edition introduces and explains new technologies, as well as updates and elaborates on information provided in the first edition.

As in the first edition, the newly published Water Quality Control Handbook recommends tools to the environmental practitioner to design systems that will protect the environment on a case-by-case basis. The second edition also expands on wastewater treatment solutions, providing a tool for wastewater professionals to screen and select the optimal treatment systems for various pollutant removals.

"Water quality control has always been a public health issue, but is increasingly becoming a global issue now that environmental protection is a concern for nations around the world. As stewards of our environment, we are responsible for its protection -- for our own sakes and for future generations," said Alley. "Sustainable growth of our civilization requires coexistence with nature. Fortunately, nature is forgiving and has a remarkable capacity for recovery with proper treatment. This book provides practical information and suggestions for the environmental practitioner to design effective water quality control systems."

Alley's combination of experience in education and practical work on successful engineering projects makes him uniquely qualified to author this handbook on water quality. Alley has taught a series of courses in both air quality control and wastewater pollution control at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and at George Washington University's Continuing Engineering Education Program in Washington, D.C., San Diego, Calif., Indian Head, Md., and London, England. In addition, Alley has taught at the Centre for Management Technology in Singapore, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After the success of the Air Quality Control Handbook, published in English in 1998 and in Spanish in 2001, McGraw-Hill Professional asked Alley to write the first edition of the Water Quality Control Handbook.

For more information, including an excerpt from the 2nd edition of the Water Quality Control Handbook, please visit http://www.eralley.com/comnews.html.

E. Roberts (Bob) Alley, P.E., DAAEE, is Chairman of E. Roberts Alley & Associates Inc. of Nashville, Tenn. He is the author of the first and second editions of the Water Quality Control Handbook and the Air Quality Control Handbook, as well as several other technical articles and books. Alley has a B.E. and M.S. from Vanderbilt University. Since 1980, he has taught the books' subject matter in courses at Vanderbilt University, George Washington University, the Centre for Management Training and the School for Continuing Engineering Education.

Founded by E. Roberts (Bob) Alley in 1974, E. Roberts Alley & Associates is a full service civil and environmental engineering firm offering a comprehensive range of services in engineering, field services, health and safety, process engineering and land planning. ERA&A operates six offices located in Nashville, Johnson City and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Memphis suburb Horn Lake, Mississippi; and Decatur and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. With more than 95 employees serving more than 1,000 clients, ERA&A is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

McGraw-Hill Professional is a leading global provider of general interest, business, multimedia and computer titles and reference works that include materials for the scientific, technical and medical communities. It is a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages.

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes water quality professionals from 76 Member Associations in 30 countries. Launched in 2004, WEFPress is a business alliance between WEF and McGraw-Hill Professional that focuses on the publication of a full-range of water quality books including Manuals of Practice (MOPs), special publications and training products. To date, ten titles have been published under the WEFPress logo.

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