New book focuses on resource recovery from water

2/18/2022 8:33:06 AM

Jeremy GuestCEE at Illinois Associate Professor Jeremy Guest is a lead editor on a new book published by IWA Publishing, Resource Recovery from Water: Principles and Application. The book will serve as a teaching tool at the graduate level, as well a resource for water professionals and practicing engineers.

About the book:

Throughout history, the first and foremost role of urban water management has been the protection of human health and the local aquatic environment. To this end, the practice of (waste-)water treatment has maintained a central focus on the removal of pollutants through dissipative pathways. While conventional (waste-)water treatment is regarded as one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century, these dissipative approaches will not suffice in the 21st century as we enter the era of the circular economy.

A key challenge for the future of urban water management is the need to re-envision the role of water infrastructure, still holding paramount the safeguard of human and environmental health while also becoming a more proactive force for sustainable development through the recovery of resources embedded in urban water. This book aims to explain the basic principles governing resource recovery from water; to provide comprehensive overview and critical assessment of the established and emerging technologies for resource recovery from water; and to put resource recovery from water in a legal, economic, social, and environmental sustainability framework.

Guest has been on the CEE faculty since 2011, where he teaches courses in the Environmental Engineering and Science area and the Energy-Water-Environment-Sustainability program. His research focuses on the development of technologies for sustainable water, sanitation, biofuels and bioproducts with applications in both high-income and underserved communities. Guest currently serves as the Acting Associate Director for Research for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at UIUC, the Sustainable Design Lead for the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, and the Illinois lead for the Sustainability Thrust of the IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute.

The open access book is available at