[BOOK] Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources Engineering BookAbout the author

The boook was written by Larry W. Mays. He is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Arizona State University and former chair of the department. He was formerly Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also held an Engineering Foundation Endowed Professorship. A registered professional engineer in seven states and a registered professional hydrologist, he has served as a consultant to many organizations.


Environmental engineers continue to rely on the leading resource in the field on the principles and practice of water resources engineering. The second edition now provides them with the most up-to-date information along with a remarkable range and depth of coverage. Two new chapters have been added that explore water resources sustainability and water resources management for sustainability. New and updated graphics have also been integrated throughout the chapters to reinforce important concepts. Additional end-of-chapter questions have been added as well to build understanding. Environmental engineers will refer to this text throughout their careers.

Expertise Reviews

The Water Resources Engineering book provides you with the state-of-the-art in the field. With remarkable range and depth of coverage, Professor Mays presents a straightforward, easy-to-understand presentation of hydraulic and hydrologic processes using the control volume approach. He then extends these processes into practical applications for water use and water excess, including water distribution systems, stormwater control, and flood control. With its strong emphasis on analysis and design, this text will be a resource you’ll refer to throughout your career! The core features are:

  • Practical applications will prepare you for engineering practice.
  • Coverage spans an extraordinary range of topics.
  • Many example problems with solutions will help you hone your problem-solving skills.
  • Practice problems at the end of each chapter offer you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned.
  • Includes a review of basic fluid concepts and the control volume approach to fluid mechanics.
  • New! A new chapter (Chapter 18) covers sedimentation.


The book is an outstanding text that provide you with a complete picture of water resources engineering by integrating the fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, and contaminant transport processes. This is one of the most important textbooks in the field of Water Resources Engineering.