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1. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution,
2. Water Supply and Pollution Control
3. Don't Drink The Water (without
4. Industrial Water Pollution Control
5. Clean Water: An Introduction to
6. Mine Water: Hydrology, Pollution,
7. Water Pollution (True Books: Environment)
8. Water Pollution and Fish Physiology
9. Water Quality: Diffuse Pollution
10. Water Supply and Pollution Control
11. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious
12. Basic Environmental Technology:
13. Water Pollution (Our Environment)
14. Instrumentation in Wastewater
15. Small Water System Treatment Costs
16. Information Technology in Water
17. Water Pollution (New True Books)
18. Water and Wastewater Technology
19. The Science of Water: Concepts
20. Freshwater Recreational Fishing:

1. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit
by Vandana Shiva
Paperback: 158 Pages (2002-02)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Vandana Shiva, "the world's most prominent radical scientist" (the Guardian), exposes yet another corporate maneuver to convert a critical world resource into a profitable commodity. Using the global water trade as a lens, she highlights the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they lose their right to a life-sustaining common good. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Original, Grounded, a Foundation Book
Published in 2002, this is a foundation book within the twelve books on Water that I am reading, with all reviews both here and at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog where you can easily use Reviews/Water to see all my reviews of books on water.

Right up front the author impresses me with her discussion of the paradigm war--a culture clash--between those who see water as sacred and its provision as a duty for the preservation of water, and those that view water as a commodity and its exploitation for profit as a fundamental corporate right.

Up front she lists and discusses the key lessons she has drawn:

01Nondemocratic economic systems that centralize control over decision making and resources and displace people from productive employment and livelihoods create a culture of insecurity.

02Destruction of resource rights and erosion of democratic control of natural resources, the economy, and means of production undermine cultural identity.See my reviews of the Hidden Wealth of Nations, Identity Economics, and The Politics of Happiness.

03Centralized economic systems also erode the democratic base of politics.

I am sure she sets people off when she speaks of the "double fascism of globalization" as well as "corporate terrorism" but the bottom line is that corporate control of government is fascism, and its time We the People woke up to all the wrong that is being done "in our name."Those who really understand ecological economics as pioneered by Herman Daly understand that "true cost" is the measure, and that the truth at any cost reduces all other costs.This is a book of truths, including the truth that the computer industry is a bigger water polluter than traditional companies.

The entire book is a "tour of the horizon" that captures the essence of what is covered in more depth in the other books listed below.I am especially taken with her Principles of Water Democracy:

01Water is nature's gift
02Water is essential to life.
03Life is interconnected through water.
04Water must be free for sustenance needs.
05Water is limited and can be exhausted.
06Water must be conserved.
07Water is a commons.
08No one holds a right to destroy.
09Water cannot be substituted.

The author skirts topics covered in more depth in such books at The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters; and Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America, so this is by no means an end all book, but it is a foundation book.We are the ones responsible for environmental degradation including the paving over of wetlands and the damming of rivers as well as the ignorant and complacent externalization by corporations of all environmental costs of water exploitation they do not own and should not be allowed to expropriate.

Chapters on the global corporate control network including the World Bank, and on the unsustainable costs of industrialized agriculture.Her final two chapters (this is a short book, quick read, excellent notes) focus on the importance of both indigenous knowledge in conserving every drop of water, and on the importance of assuring that natural resources are properly valued and not just commoditized with financial values that are at best arbitrary if not downright corrupt.I am reminded of both 1491, and of E. O. Wilson's The Future of Life.

Other books I have reviewed or am reviewing this week include:

The Atlas of Water, Second Edition: Mapping the World's Most Critical Resource
Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
The World's Water 2008-2009: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources
The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water
Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building (Global Environmental Accord: Strategies for Sustainability and Institutional Innovation)
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water
Whose Water Is It?: The Unquenchable Thirst of a Water-Hungry World
Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water
The Blue Death: The Intriguing Past and Present Danger of the Water You Drink

4-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, but be wary, readers
Resource scarcity has been the basis of arguably most of the world's deadliest and longest-lasting conflicts. From wars waged in the Democratic Republic of Congo over precious minerals to multinational conflicts between countries along the Tigris and Euphrates, the access and control of resources have been causes in substantial loss of ecological integrity and human lives. In her book Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit, Vandana Shiva demonstrates the deadly effects of current water resource management practices and the "water wars" that have risen from recent policies. Shiva defines water wars as being either a traditional war, fought with weapons and strategy, or a paradigm war, a subtler conflict with deep roots in socioeconomic systems.

In an expressive manner, Shiva introduces the recent water problems as rooted in major shifts in the management of this resource. The first chapter sets-up the dichotomy between the traditional management of water and a market-based approach to resource ownership. According to Shiva, "more than any other resource, water needs to remain a common good and requires community management" (19). In her home country of India and in many other traditional societies throughout time, this was, and in a few remaining cases, is still the wisdom that dictates the use of water. A change in management principles, from a communally-held necessity to a privately-owned commodity, lead to the complete disregard of inherent human rights. People began to take a backseat to corporate interests, and Shiva structures chapters 2-5 as forum to analyze how the alteration of management has led to intense conflict. Broad topics she expands upon in this section of the book include climate change, the diversion and damming of rivers, the production of food, and large international governing organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the World Bank. All of these chapters reassert how power in managing water has shifted from many hands to an elite few. Like in all wars, the conflicts presented here describe the definite threats to their security and livelihood with the loss of their personal control.

Water Wars is well thought-out and sincere approach to current water crises. My attention was held the entire time through the clever interplay of anecdotes, case studies, and hard science. The struggle between traditional systems and capitalism remained a pervasive theme throughout the book, and examples of injustice and abuse were constantly emerging. There were times when I had to put the book down because my sentiments and emotions were on high alert; Shiva uses her grace and knowledge to present issues from India, a place so near to her heart. Still, it goes without saying that this book definitely lacked as a piece of academic literature. Although this was a very impassioned and comprehensive book, I found Water Wars to be written rather haphazardly and with little regard to academic integrity. Even though it is only 139 pages, the book manages to become rather redundant by the end. Shiva never maintained an unbiased approach to the topic, making it a heavy-handed ridicule neocolonialism. I sometimes felt as if I were listening to a broken record. Yet, her solutions for altering the way we manage water are inspiring, calling for citizens to become engaged in the fight towards gaining shared power of natural resources. Shiva also does an excellent job of weaving in cultural and spiritual attitudes towards water bodies.

In conclusion, Water Warsby Vandana Shiva is a thorough investigation of the social justice issues that surround the administration of water. It is an excellent text for someone desiring a positional account of resource allocation and management, as well as an involved activists perspective on the topic. This book, however, is not a stepping stone into the scientific and academic assessment of water crises; it is far too loaded with personal voice and opinion to be considered a candidate for unbiased literature. If you are in the market for a book on sensational water politics, then look no further.

4-0 out of 5 stars Informative but lacking...
After reading Water Wars and going back through some things in the book I believe that many people will find this book interesting and informative.Shiva seems to believe that the root of all these wars is our disconnection from the water.We turn on a faucet and voila, water.Who cares where it came from, how much there is or where it's going.Now, take that and mix it with socio-political-economic factors and you can see why we are just beginning to see the emergence of water wars.

Those looking for any sort of solution towater wars should look elsewhere.She has the grassroots mentality that water need not be privatized but run and managed by the people who use it.I fully agree but the problem remains this is simply impossible for the majority of systems already entrenched.

Ultimately, if you have an interest in the state of water on a global scale this is a good book to get you started and asking questions.

P.S. I believe John Wesley Powell was quoted out of context on pg. 54.I have a hard time imagining that Powell said that rivers are wasting into the sea in the context of we should dam the Colorado.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Single Most Important Book You Can Read Today
the global water crisis is the biggest issue we will face in our lifetimes and not much is being done. This book puts things in a human light and makes solutions seem possible.
Stop Bottled Water Industries
Protect Global Commons

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Written by a so called academic, this is a series of essays which nevershould have been published. Over -priced and over reviewed,whoever approved of publishing this travesty should be fired. ... Read more

2. Water Supply and Pollution Control (8th Edition)
by Warren Viessman Jr., Mark J. Hammer, Elizabeth M. Perez, Paul A. Chadik
Hardcover: 864 Pages (2008-06-19)
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This book provides practicing engineers with water-based environment engineering from theory to practice by presenting the principles of water treatment, wastewater treatment, water reuse, water quality, and overviews of regulations regarding pollution control and drinking water quality. The Eighth Edition features new and updated coverage of GIS, climate change, alternative water supply development, hydraulics, stormwater treatment techniques, water quality regulations, filter design, and more. Recognizing that all waters are potential sources of supply, the authors present treatment processes in the context of what they can do, rather than dividing them along clean water or waste water lines. For practicing engineers who need a good reference book and for those preparing to take the examination for licensing as a professional engineer.

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2-0 out of 5 stars somewhat helpful, but sloppy and confusing
TONS of typos - from grammatical to vital data and labels in example problems. Following such problems is extremely frustrating at times.
Lots of things are not explained before they are referred to, causing you to go to the index and find the explanation and flip back and forth. Some things are referenced and never explained at all - including data used in solutions to example problems.

4-0 out of 5 stars Water Supply & Pollution Control
Very Informative, missing a little on rapid mix basins but the solids handling part is very extensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy
I got the book.It was the one I ordered.All was good. ... Read more

3. Don't Drink The Water (without reading this book) The essential Guide to Our Contaminated Drinking Water and What You Can Do About It
by Lono Kahuna Kupua A'o
Paperback: 112 Pages (2004-01-25)
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Asin: 096288829X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Includes information you need to make intelligent decisions about the safety and treatment of your water. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Prolific Hawai'ian Author exposes deadly poisons in our water supplies
Author Lono Kahuna Kupua A'o provides
charts, tables and diagrams in solid
easy to digest format. Don't take anoth-
er sip of tap water without first reading
this informative book. What's really all
in your tap water? Flouride? Chlorine?
Poisons? All the above? The current avail-
ablity of good drinking water is in question.

My recommendation - additional: get a berkey
water purification system for a good back up
and drink bottled spring, not just purified
water. Bon Apetit!

2-0 out of 5 stars Some good info, but not enough
For the reader who currently knows nothing about water contamination and purification, this is a decent book, since it provides some eye-opening information.However, there are better books out there, depending on what you're looking for.

For specific advice on water contamination and safe water alternatives, including bottled water and home purification, I recommend Colin Ingram's "The Drinking Water Book."It has more information and a better format, including a simple chart that rates the effectiveness of different home purification methods for eliminating different contaminants (something this author didn't include).

If you're looking for something more political, buy "The Sierra Club Guide to Safe Drinking Water."This lists specific steps to improve drinking water on a larger level, including political action and people/agencies to contact.It also includes a list of major U.S. cities and their violations of water purity regulations.Finally, it lists the EPA drinking water standards in an appendix.Of course, it also includes advice on safe water alternatives, but this is not as extensive as the recommendations in The Drinking Water Book (see above).

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Scary!Excellent Read! A Must for Every Nutritionist
I just got finished reading this book in between classes, and all I can say is WOW!Be aware, and beware of your tap water.If these statistics are correct, then the EPA and the U.S. government are not concerned withprotecting your right to clean water, and therefore, you must educateyourself in order to protect against degenerative disease.

[ 1991-1992EPA records showed that the nations water systems committed over 250,000violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, affecting more than 100 millionAmericans - and 10% of those exceeded the MCL (Max Contaminant Level) ofthe EPA. ]

This book is a great start finding out the truth of thematter. Toxins are everywhere!We all need to learn where they exist andremove them for our own and our childrens sake.

Someday, a high rankingofficial on TV may review this book, or a similar subject and try and spinthese numbers a certain way to make it not sound so bad, but don't befooled.Statistics seldom lie.Only politicians do.Politicians can comefrom any field, not just government.Politicians come from industry,medicine, lobby, and big business etc.Be a detective, and look foranything that doesn't make sense.

"The Truth is Obvious, EverythingElse is Questionable"

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book! It contains vital information.
This book is certainly a very factual and "blunt" book about the seriousness of our domestic water quality.With the coming "Y2K" event on the horizon, I believe Lono A'o's comments are even moreappropriate and noteworthy.I have given this book a 5 star and I amgiving serious thought to making this book a required reading for all thestudents in my Environmental Studies class at New England College.That'show serious I believe the issue is.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very thorough about current water filtration methods
If you ever plan on buying a water filter of any kind -- this is the book to read. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I wish it would have given more specific information regarding name brand water filtration systems available and where to get testing information etc. ... Read more

4. Industrial Water Pollution Control
by W.Wesley Eckenfelder
Paperback: 416 Pages (2000-10-01)
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A text/reference for civil and chemical engineers working in the environmental fields. It employs a unit operations approach, as well as case histories, and includes sections on chemical oxidation and land treatment. The second edition deals with an important topic of today, industrial pollution, and also includes more end-of-chapter problems. ... Read more

5. Clean Water: An Introduction to Water Quality and Pollution Control
by Kenneth M. Vigil
Paperback: 181 Pages (2003-04)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"Clean Water" is a book for anyone who is concerned about this precious resource and wants to become better informed. In straightforward language, Kenneth Vigil provides a comprehensive introduction to the many scientific, regulatory, and geographic issues associated with water quality and water pollution control.

Most other books on water quality and pollution control are highly technical and very specific, and are aimed at engineers, scientists, or attorneys. "Clean Water," on the other hand, is a comprehensive discussion of the subject intended for a wider audience of science students, educators, and concerned citizens.

Using photos and diagrams to illustrate and explain concepts, Vigil provides sufficient detail to educate readers about many broad topics and includes additional references at the end of each chapter for exploring specific topics in more detail.

"Clean Water" summarizes the basic fundamentals of water chemistry and microbiology and outlines important water quality rules and regulations, all in concise, understandable prose. It describes the basic scientific principles behind water pollution control and the broader approach of addressing water pollution problems through watershed management. There are sections on drinking water and a concluding chapter entitled "Getting Personal about Clean Water" about citizen involvement at home and in the community. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
The product was in great condition and it arrived in good time. I would highly recommend the vendor. It was just what I was looking for and a t a good price. ... Read more

6. Mine Water: Hydrology, Pollution, Remediation (Environmental Pollution) (Volume 0)
by Paul L. Younger, S.A. Banwart, Robert S. Hedin
Paperback: 464 Pages (2002-02-01)
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Nowhere is the conflict between economic progress andenvironmental quality more apparent than in the mineral extractionindustries. The latter half of the 20th century saw major advances inthe reclamation technologies. However, mine water pollution problemshave not been addressed. In many cases, polluted mine water longoutlives the life of the mining operation. As the true cost oflong-term water treatment responsibilities has become apparent,interest has grown in the technologies that would decrease theproduction of contaminated water and make its treatment less costly.This is the first book to address the mine water issue head-on. Theauthors explain the complexities of mine water pollution by reviewingthe hydrogeological context of its formation, and provide anup-to-date presentation of prevention and treatment technologies. Thebook will be a valuable reference for all professionals who encounterpolluted mine water on a regular or occasional basis. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars curtain call...
Simply the best book on mine water treatment. Period.I have been a consulting engineer dealing with environmental problems for over 20 years now - and this is my "go to" book on the subject.

Yes, there is a high reliance on empirical equations...But the reality is that most data sets in the mine water remediation field do not allow a more detailed analysis.

Globally, the mining industry is grappling with a huge paradigm shift as remediation costs are increasingly internalized as part of the "cost of doing business" rather than a cost that can be (hypothetically) externalized and avoided.Mine waste projects typically deal on time scales of decades and centuries and this is where natural treatment solutions (like the ones described in this book) really come to the forefront.

If you are in the mining industry, or deal with mine wastes, you need this book on your shelf.If a better book can be written, I welcome the authors; otherwise I would consider this to be the best that can be written on the subject without a quantum leap in data collection.

Simply the best in the field; there are no encores.
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7. Water Pollution (True Books: Environment)
by Rhonda Lucas Donald
Paperback: 48 Pages (2002-03)
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8. Water Pollution and Fish Physiology
by Alan G. Heath
Hardcover: 384 Pages (1995-09-14)
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This book provides a concise synthesis of how toxic chemical pollutants affect physiological processes in teleost fish. This Second Edition of the well-received Water Pollution and Fish Physiology has been completely updated, and chapters have been added on immunology and acid toxicity. The emphasis, as in the first edition, is on understanding mechanisms of sublethal effects on fish and their responses to these environmental stressors. The first chapter covers the basic principles involved in understanding how fish respond, in general, to environmental alterations. Each subsequent chapter is devoted to a particular organ system or physiological function and begins with a short overview of normal physiology of that system/function. This is followed by a review of how various toxic chemicals may alter normal conditions in fish. Chapters covering environmental hypoxia, behavior, cellular enzymes, and acid toxicity are also included. The book closes with a discussion on the practical application of physiological and biochemical measurements of fish in water pollution control in research and regulatory settings. ... Read more

9. Water Quality: Diffuse Pollution and Watershed Management, 2nd Edition
by Vladimir Novotny
Hardcover: 888 Pages (2002-11-15)
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Provides all new material on urban, industrial, and highway pollution, as well as on management and restoration of streams, lakes, and watershed management techniques.
* Includes revised chapters on agricultural diffuse pollution; control of urban, highway, and industrial diffuse pollution; and wetlands considerations.
* All regulatory data is up to date, with new material provided on judicial law based on significant decisions made in recent years. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars quite ok
there are a lot of typo and unit errors (this can be misleading to students). i got no choice , to buy this book as my text book. this book is good but not so many examples of problems to further understand it. explanation is also not well elaborated on some topics. (students need more explanation to understand). no exercise included to try. the contents are good though. This book is too expensive for a lot of errors and no examples/exercise. a moderate rating!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome product, fast delivery, sweet price!
Great product and the price was $125 cheaper than what I could have gotten it for at the university bookstore.

Thank you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Dealing With NPS Pollution
This is a great book for dealing with Non-Point Source (NPS) pollution.It covers a fairly comprehensive list of topics, while not going into great depth on most.It gives you enough information to get a good start on just about ANY analysis related to NPS pollution and a solid beginning to expand your research from if more in-depth analysis is required.In my opinion, this is a great reference for anyone working in water quality, and a "must-have" for working with NPS. ... Read more

10. Water Supply and Pollution Control (7th Edition)
by Warren Viessman Jr., Mark J. Hammer
Hardcover: 888 Pages (2004-05-14)
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For upper-division undergraduate or beginning graduate courses in civil and environmental engineering. This bestselling text has been revised and modernized to meet the needs of today's environmental engineering students who will be engaged in the design and management of water and wastewater systems. It emphasizes the application of the scientific method to problems associated with the development, movement, and treatment of water and wastewater. Recognizing that all waters are potential sources of supply, the authors present treatment processes in the context of what they can do, rather than dividing them along clean water or waste water lines. An abundance of examples and homework problems amplify the concepts presented. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
This was a great buy.

Like the seller said, some slight markings in pencil every now and then, but their no biggie.

Im real satisfied with this experiance. Especially being that it was the first online book purchase I have ever made.

4-0 out of 5 stars The book is as described.
The book is as described ,but took almost 20 working days to get this book.otherwise no complain.

5-0 out of 5 stars quick delivery
The book was brand new and got here in three days.Cheaper than the bookstore and the wait was very short.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, could be better
As teacher of an Environmental Engineering course (at Ariel Academic College, Israel) and as consulting engineer, I find the book useful, but... Some areas are weak: Population and demand prognosis, Resource planning, Economic evaluation and optimization, Advanced water treatment (membrane and ion exchange technologies, for example), Desalination of brackish and sea water. Each chapter has a well explained exercise, a very useful feature, but most are non metric. All in all, I know of no better textbook, and it is worth its money.

4-0 out of 5 stars water and waste
The book is very easy reading and understandable, but it does not have answers to the work problems which is most important. It has a good balance of theory and applications. ... Read more

11. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
by Marq de Villiers
Paperback: 368 Pages (2001-07-12)
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In his award-winning book WATER, Marq de Villiers provides an eye-opening account of how we are using, misusing, and abusing our planet's most vital resource. Encompassing ecological, historical, and cultural perspectives, de Villiers reports from hot spots as diverse as China, Las Vegas, and the Middle East, where swelling populations and unchecked development have stressed fresh water supplies nearly beyond remedy. Political struggles for control of water rage around the globe, and rampant pollution daily poses dire ecological theats. With one eye on these looming crises and the other on the history of our dependence on our planet's most precious commodity, de Villiers has crafted a powerful narrative about the lifeblood of civilizations that will be "a wake-up call for concerned citizens, environmentalists, policymakers, and water drinkers everywhere" (Publishers Weekly).Amazon.com Review
Water is a curious thing, observed the economist Adam Smith:although it is vital to life, it costs almost nothing, whereasdiamonds, which are useless for survival, cost a fortune. InWater, Canadian journalist de Villiers says the resource isstill undervalued, but it is becoming more precious. It's not that theworld is running out of water, he adds, but that "it's running out inplaces where it's needed most."

De Villiers examines the checkeredhistory of humankind's management of water--which, he hastens toremind us, is not a renewable resource in many parts of the world. Oneof them is the Nile River region, burdened by overpopulation. Anotheris the Sahara, where Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi is pressing anambitious, and potentially environmentally disastrous, campaign tomine deep underground aquifers to make the desert green. Another isnorthern China, where the damaging effects of irrigation havedestroyed once-mighty rivers, and the Aral Sea of Central Asia, whichwas killed within a human lifetime. And still another is the AmericanSouthwest, where crops more fitting to a jungle than a dry land arenursed. De Villiers travels to all these places, reporting on what hesees and delivering news that is rarely good.

De Villiers has akeen eye for detail and a solid command of the scientific literatureon which his argument is based. He's also a fine storyteller, and hiswide-ranging book makes a useful companion to Marc Reisner's classicCadillac Desertand other works that call our attention to a globally abused--andvital--resource. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great overall, probably best available, but not perfect
The first question I asked before reading this book was, "Is it up date?". I still don't know the answer. However, I did read the revised edition (2003 vs the original 1999 edition) and would definitely recommend the revised, as there does seem to be a lot of updates and overhaul. The revised edition is at least 50 pages longer, although it leaves out a nice chart summing up the numbers, in the appendix of the original, comparing the per capita and overall amounts of water available to each country (which was somewhat misleading anyways).

The book structure is as follows. After the introduction, the first half of the book introduces various issues. The natural cycle of water, water sources, how much water there is overall, climate change, polution, dams, irrigation, etc. The second half of the book is divided into geographical sections, detailing the water crises in the middle east, northern and southern Africa, the Indian subcontinent, North America. Europe and Russia are mentioned as examples earlier in the book, but don't get their own section. The final chapters, of course, focuses on possible solutions and outlooks.

I liked the writing. Of course, there are too many meaningless numbers (to us laymen), and that's inescapable, but the word flow in between helped considerably. I found he was fairly balanced, that he included the viewpoint of dissenters. At times I found I disagreed with him, but there was enough balance overall. I did like how he often came back to the point that world overpopulation was a huge factor. As a Canadian, I enjoyed the section on North America, and came to realize that Canada isn't necessarily as water-rich, or responsible, and our water isn't as clean (especially out east) as we've come to believe. Bulk-water exports, on the minds of many Canadians, is discussed, but while I found it interesting and sobering, I didn't always find his conclusions to be particularly convincing on the subject. I like how many different areas of the world are looked at in depth and how international boundaries rarely lining up with natural watersheds has caused so many problems. Overall, I quite liked the structure of the book.

Here are my concerns. The author doesn't seem to believe that humans have heavily influenced climate change. Luckily, however, this doesn't seem to affect the book as much as you'd expect. I wish he'd explained desalination earlier in the book and I don't think he goes far enough into detail as to the potential ecological drawbacks of it. I found a lot of the ingenuities and recent developments to be crammed into the last chapter, without enough time for reflection, which only adds to wondering what has changed in the last 7yrs since 2003. Also, he talks about both sides of the water privatization issue, but I don't feel as though he really fully explored the issue, from all angles. Also, he mentions a lot of huge projects over the years that were disastrous, though he seems to admit, between the lines, that there may be room for more of these in the future. Also, I wish there was at least one basic map for each geographic chapter. Would've helped me visualize much better.

In the end, I enjoyed the book overall, and haven't heard of anything better to recommend. I did enjoy reading it and was certainly left with some questions and concerns, but I think overall, you wouldn't go wrong reading this as your introduction into world water and its politics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Water for the masses
Marq de Villiers' Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource combines both well researched information and personal experiences to produce a book that delves into an issue that is hard to face, on both a region specific level and on a global scale - the increasingly limited amount of water resources we are able to use.de Villiers is a journalist that has worked as an editor and foreign correspondent.He now primarily writes books on scientific topics.

Water is a revealing book that gives the reader a general yet comprehensive understanding of where the overpopulated and industrialized world we live in gets its water.de Villiers also gives a general status report in terms of what water resources we currently have and what condition those resources are in (is the water even usable?).Though, as de Villiers states, "Water supplies in the Nile Valley itself - the cradle of civilization - are in peril" (2, p.14).Water calls for a sense of urgency in addressing the ever-looming problem of increasingly limited resources, namely water.

One prevalent point that de Villiers repeatedly articulates is that the amount of water resources on the planet is not decreasing; rather, the global increase in population stresses already stressed water-scarce regions and threatens those regions where water scarcity is just on the horizon.He asserts that "population is the principal culprit.The mass exodus of refugees to Gaza after partition in 1948 more than tripled its population, which is now grown to almost to a million people...Gaza has one of the highest growth rates in the world...as a result, per capita water availability has decreased dramatically" (2, p.202).

Water is split up into four parts.The first is to inform the reader of all the stats about water and where it is scarce and where it is abundant, now and throughout history.Part two focuses on how the human factor has restructured and contaminated the water of the world (i.e. damming rivers, using up aquifers, human caused climate change, etc).The third part of the book reveals the major political disputes that surround transnational water sources.The fourth part explores a few possible solutions and ways of thinking that have potential to ease the water stressed status that many parts of the world experience.
de Villiers' book reads much like a series of case studies, with the occasional childhood memory thrown in the mix to remind the reader how the use of water has affected de Villiers his entire life.At points, it seems as though you are reading a personal account of de Villiers' travels and conversations with an assortment of people.If you are expecting a semi-scientific read, this will seem out of place and extraneous, but it does give the subject matter of the book (i.e. water crisis) a personal and human quality that makes the book more approachable to those who are not necessarily interested in a scientific read but are still interested in "the fate of our most precious resource."Also, some of de Villiers' sentences are oddly constructed and require re-reading to get the intended flow and meaning correct.I felt that this detracted from the book's ability to keep my undivided attention.

In Water, de Villiers is able to take information from scientific and historical studies and sum it all up in a way that is coherent and understandable to the average reader.For instance, all of the accounts of countries battling over water sources and rights to water throughout history are brought together in parallel comparison.de Villiers offers possible political solutions that are in concert with other literature and scientific papers.

I would recommend Water to anyone looking for an ample account of the history of water usage and management as well as to those looking for the big picture behind the recent fuss about impending water shortages.This book is also a good resource to raise awareness for those that don't know much about the topic, and even a good read for those that are clueless as to why canals are built, etc.However, if you're looking for a book that enumerates solutions on the individual level, you won't find any in Water.de Villiers does get his facts straight though and presents information in a well organized, topic focused, and relevant manner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprising
I had to read this for a class and I ended up buying it because I couldn't find it at the library and it was cheap enough on Amazon. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book.

This book is very informative, easy to read and kept me turning the pages...which is all I ask for in a book of this topic.

If you're interested in this type of thing, I recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Are We on a Course Towards Disaster?
Marq DeVilliers takes on a topic that affects each of us every day, and he brings it into perspective in a concise, tightly woven book. Written in the late 1990s, DeVilliers gives a snapshot of the problem emerging worldwide from overuse and pollution of fresh water. Without going over the top in his phrasing, he nevertheless brings the potential for a water apocalypse into view.

This book is a great introduction for a person interested in environmental issues. I would even suggest that it's worthy of inclusion on a college reading list, even though it's written for a general audience. Of course, college students today are not great scholars, so they would need supplemental information to even understand this book.

My only reservations about the book are these.

1. It's now more than a decade old, so is it relevant? Have things become so much worse that this book doesn't really encapsulate the problem today? Or, conversely, have some of the political and technological solutions that DeVilliers discusses in the second half of the book actually started to solve the problem? Either way, this book cries out for a 2nd edition.

2. Given the dire circumstances depicted in "Water," I'm wondering why the crisis has not yet hit home. For example, I am aware that the US West and Rockies are fighting about water, in much the way that DeVilliers described in the book. But people seem to be getting by, and the West is still gaining population. Similarly, places with even greater stresses, such as Israel or China, seem to be functioning. Yet the book made it seem as if they were nearly at the breaking point. So, is the problem really as bad as his anecdotes about the Aral Sea and other parched areas make it seem?

Regardless, this book is a very strong effort. It covers an important work with great breadth and useful depth. It's very readable. It makes passionate arguments, but it does so by using reason and data. For anyone who wants to get on the path of becoming a knowledgeable citizen of the world, this book is an important mile marker.

4-0 out of 5 stars Realistic, balanced assessment of world water issues
This book covers freshwater issues around the world and is a great companion to Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. The author starts with a discussion of world freshwater sources, their accessibility, and how they are currently being used. He gives a really good overview of what constitutes water scarcity and the number of people currently fall into that category. He then covers some key concerns in the way humans affect the water supply including:
- Climate change and weather; he provides an assessment of how humans most likely are figuring into climate change and how climate change seems to be affecting our long-term water supply.
- Rerouting water (e.g. Aral Sea); he discusses how this sort of thing has changed local climates, killed off species, and ruined existing economic bases.
- Dams; he covers some of the biggest issues with dams and whether or not they are as useful as we once thought.

There is a fascinating section on the politics of water with a focus on the water-challenged Middle East that helped me understand some of the long-term conflicts in that area a little better.

The one problem I had with the book is that he often discusses his personal life in a manner that I found distracted from the overall focus of the book. That is why I only gave it 4 stars. ... Read more

12. Basic Environmental Technology: Water Supply, Waste Management & Pollution Control (5th Edition)
by Jerry A. Nathanson
Hardcover: 500 Pages (2007-04-07)
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This clearly written, easy-to-read book offers a practical introduction to the topics of water supply, waste management, and pollution control. Because of the wide scope of the subject matter, the author has included review sections so that readers with little knowledge of biology, chemistry, geology, or hydraulics can comprehend and use this book, and mathematical topics are introduced at a relatively basic level. An overview of environmental technology introduces the book, and includes a discussion of public health, ecology, geology, and soils. The book then focuses on water and wastewater topics, including hydraulics and hydrology, water quality and water pollution, drinking water treatment and distribution, sewage collection, sewage treatment and disposal, and stormwater water management. Municipal solid waste, hazardous waste, air pollution, and noise pollution are also discussed. For individuals working in the fields of environmental quality control and public health protection, as well as civil engineers, wastewater technicians, and water treatment professionals. ... Read more

13. Water Pollution (Our Environment)
by Peggy Parks
Hardcover: 48 Pages (2007-06-04)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book very well written and concise.I know this young man and the way he overcame his struggle is amazing and the inspiration he creates in young people is un-matched! ... Read more

14. Instrumentation in Wastewater Treatment Facilities - Mop 21 (Water Pollution Control Federation//Manual of Practice)
by Water Environment Federation, Task Force on Instrumentation in Wastewater Treatment Facilities
 Paperback: 344 Pages (1993-01)
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Asin: 188136934X
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15. Small Water System Treatment Costs (Pollution Technology Review)
by Robert C. Gumerman
 Hardcover: 568 Pages (1986-10)
list price: US$48.00
Isbn: 0815511019
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16. Information Technology in Water and Wastewater Utilities, WEF MOP 33 (Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Series)
by Water Environment Federation
Hardcover: 376 Pages (2010-09-10)
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Practical Guidelines for Managing Information Technology in Water and Wastewater Utilities

This Water Environment Federation resource presents an overview of the information technology (IT) systems, practices, and applications most relevant to utilities. Information Technology in Water and Wastewater Utilities covers strategic planning, IT program development, project management, infrastructure, security, organizational issues, success factors, and challenges. Six real-world case studies highlight specific technical details and illustrate the concepts presented in this authoritative guide.

Information Technology in Waste and Wastewater Utilities covers:

  • Business drivers and IT systems and applications
  • IT planning
  • Developing an IT program for a municipal agency
  • IT capital project management
  • IT systems--processes and practices
  • IT security
  • Organizational aspects of IT
  • Critical success factors and key future challenges for IT in water and wastewater utility projects
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17. Water Pollution (New True Books)
by Darlene R. Stille
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Discusses the benefits of water, its pollution, and the harmful effects of and ways of avoiding water pollution. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book to read to kids about Water Pollution
This is a good book to read to Elementary Students about Water Pollutionor a for a child to read independently about water pollution ... Read more

18. Water and Wastewater Technology (6th Edition)
by Mark J. Hammer
Hardcover: 376 Pages (2007-06-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A best-seller in the field of water and wastewater engineering and technology, this book provides the fundamental principles and management practices in water technology. All major systems and operations are covered concisely yet comprehensively. Topics include: water processing, water distribution, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, sludge processing, and water reuse. Introductory chapters provide a review of pertinent aspects of chemistry, biology, hydraulics and hydrology, and water quality. For those individuals in the field of sanitary technology and engineering as well as those interested in the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater facilities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
your product was in almost perfect condition, much better than your listing of good condition and it also arrived in only three days. awesome job

4-0 out of 5 stars OK
Brand new book in great condition, so no complaints there. But if you are looking for a good book to learn about wastewater technology, i think there are much better ones out there than this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Water and Wastewater Technology
Book is great and it covers all condensed material essential for water/wastwater/collection and distribution system.

5-0 out of 5 stars First purchase
For the first time ordering an item off amazon it was easy.With this experience I will order again if the need arises.The book was in good shape.Overall it was a good experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars Water and Wastewater Tech.
Some spots (maybe from grease or food) along the pages of the book, but overall quick delivery ... Read more

19. The Science of Water: Concepts and Applications, Second Edition
by Frank R. Spellman
Hardcover: 448 Pages (2007-09-07)
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Water, water everywhere - with this in mind, the perennial question in water works remains: can the earth's finite supply of water resources be increased to meet the constantly growing demand? Hailed on its first publication as a masterful account of the state of water science, this second edition of the bestselling The Science of Water: Concepts and Applications puts the spotlight on the critical importance of water's role in future sustainability.

Clearly written and user-friendly, this timely revision builds on the remarkable success of the first edition by updating, reorganizing, and revising the original to include the latest information and research results. The common thread woven through the fabric of this presentation is water resource utilization and its protection. It covers topics such as water sources, water hydraulics, chemistry, biology/microbiology, ecology, water quality, pollution, biomonitoring, sampling, testing, reuse, and treatment. The author examines the impact of human use, misuse, and reuse of freshwater and wastewater on the overall water supply.

Authoritative, informative, and up-to-date, the book blends real-world experience with theoretical models. This work provides the valuable insight all water/wastewater practitioners need and includes important information for policymakers and anyone else tasked with making decisions concerning water resource utilization. ... Read more

20. Freshwater Recreational Fishing: The National Benefits of Water Pollution Control (RFF Press)
by Professor William J. Vaughan, Professor Clifford S. Russell
 Paperback: 224 Pages (1982-10-01)
list price: US$15.00
Isbn: 0801829860
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