Reference Books

IDA has listed the following referenced texts as useful for the desalination engineer as well as others interested in learning more about desalination. Please note that these are not available through the IDA Bookstore.


Desalination — A Critical Element of Water Solutions for the 21st Century

Chapter in “Drinking Water – Sources, Sanitation and Safeguarding by Lisa Henthorne, printed and distributed August 2009 by The Swedish Research Council Formas – click here


An Engineer’s Guide To Desalination

Joachim Gebel and Süleyman Yüce, VGB PowerTech, Essen, Germany, published 2008, click here


Annual Book of ASTM Standards

Section 11, Water and Environmental Technology, Volume 11.01 and 11.02, West Conshohocken, PA USA

D 1141 – Standard Practice for the Preparation of Substitute Ocean Water
D 2035 – Standard Practice for Coagulation-Flocculation Jar Test of Water
D 3739 – Practice for Calculation and Adjustment of the Langelier Saturation Index for Reverse Osmosis
D 3923 – Practice for Detecting Leaks in Reverse Osmosis Devices
D 4189 – Test Method for Silt Density Index (SDI) of Water
D 4194 – Test Methods for Operating Characteristics for Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Devices
D 4195 – Guide for Water Analysis for Reverse Osmosis Applications
D 4472 – Guide for Recordkeeping for Reverse Osmosis Systems
D 4516 – Practice for Standardizing Reverse Osmosis Performance Data
D 4582 – Practice for Calculation and Adjustment of the Stiff and Davis Stability Index for Reverse Osmosis
D 4692 – Practice for Calculation and Adjustment of Sulfate Scaling Salts (CaSO4, SrSO4, BaSO4) for Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration
D 4993 – Practice for Calculation and Adjustment of Silica (SiO2) Scaling for Reverse Osmosis
D 5090 – Practice for Standardizing Ultrafiltration Permeate Flow Performance Data
D 5615 – Test Method of Operating Characteristics of Home Reverse Osmosis Devices
D 6161 – Standard Terminology Used for Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membrane Processes
D 6908 – Standard Practice for Integrity Testing of Water Filtration Membrane Systems


Concise Dictionary of Environmental Engineering

Thomas M. Pankratz, Lewis Publishers, New York, NY USA


Desalination Management & Economics

Corrado Sommariva, Faversham House Group, United Kingdom


Disinfection, Sterilization and Preservation

4th Edition, Seymour Block, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL USA


Handbook of Drinking Water Quality

Johm DeZuane, American Water Works Association, Denver, CO USA


NSF International Standards

Ann Arbor, MI USA
Standard 42 – Drinking Water Treatment Units – Aesthetic Effects
Standard 44 – Residential Cation Exchange Water Softeners
Standard 53 – Drinking Water Treatment Units – Health Effects
Standard 55 – Ultraviolet Microbiological Water Treatment Systems
Standard 60 – Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals and System Components – Health Effects
Standard 61 – Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects
Standard 62 – Drinking Water Distillation Systems


Water Supply Development for Membrane Water Treatment Facilities

Thomas M. Missimer, Lewis Publishers, New York, NY USA


Water Treatment Handbook

Degremont, Cedex France


Water Treatment Operator Handbook

Nicholas G. Pizzi, American Water Works Association, Denver CO USA


WTCost©, Water Treatment Cost Estimating Program

I. Moch & Associates, Inc. and US Bureau of Reclamation, Wilmington, DE USA


Membrane Practices for Water Treatment by Duranceau

(ISBN 1-58321-147-0)  (no seawater?)


A Desalination Primer

Spiegler and El-Sayed (ISBN 086689-034-3)


Desalination Technology

Porteous (ISBN 0-85334-175-3)


Reverse Osmosis; A Practical Guide for Industrial Users

Byrne (ISBN: 0927188031)


Reverse Osmosis: Membrane Technology, Water Chemistry, and Industrial Applications

ISBN: 0442239645


Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration

(AWWA Manual, M46) ISBN: 0898679788


Reverse Osmosis

S. Sourirajan ASIN: 0236308386


Desalination Processes and Multistage Flash Distillation Practice 1986

Khan A.K.  ISBN     0-444-42563-2 Hardbound Out of print


The Handbook of Desalination and Water Purification – in two volumes

Arshad Hasan Khan and Noam Lior published by Elsevier ISBN? avail from


Fundamentals of Salt Water Desalination

Hisham T. El-Dessouky, H. M. Ettouney (ISBN: 0444508104) – an environmental primer

T. Pankratz and J. Tonner