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1. Water Resources Engineering
2. Principles of Water Resources:
3. Water-Resources Engineering (2nd
4. Water Resource Economics: The
5. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious
6. Written in Water: Messages of
7. Geographic Information Systems
8. The Evolution of Water Resource
9. Six-Minute Solutions for Civil
10. Water (True Books: Natural Resources)
11. Planet Water: Investing in the
12. Economics of Water Resources Planning
13. Introduction to Water Resources
14. Exploring Water Resources: GIS
15. Principles of Water Resources:
16. Handbook of Water Resources in
17. Integrated Water Resources Management
18. Water Resources Systems Analysis
19. Water Resources for Lodging Operations
20. Globalization of Water: Sharing

1. Water Resources Engineering
by Larry W. Mays
Hardcover: 890 Pages (2010-06-08)
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Asin: 0470460644
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good condition
Book was in very good condition and looked practically new. Arrived in a timely manner.

3-0 out of 5 stars good seller, bad book
book was in great shape but it is poorly laid out and there is no availabe solutions manual

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook
One of my coworkers had this book, I kept using it as a reference so I eventually bought my own copy.It is an outstanding textbook and an important reference book to have on hand.I highly recommned it.It is far better than the "Hydraulic Engineering" textbook I had in college.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for any civil engineering professional
One of the best water resources books. It covers all major and minor topics in water resources and is a great reference for the PE Exam.

2-0 out of 5 stars Water Resources Engineering
This book is loaded with good information, but we found errors in key hydraulic formulas, which quickly led me not to trust anything out of the book. The sad part is, this was a required text for an engineering class. Maybe the new edition has remedied the problems, but I wouldn't recommend the edition I bought. ... Read more

2. Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management, and Policy
by Thomas V. Cech
Paperback: 488 Pages (2004-06-28)
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Asin: 047148475X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book provides an introduction to water resources. After learning the basics of hydrology, the reader will be introduced to the specific characteristics of groundwater, lakes, and rivers. Throughout the book the reader will see how the science and geography of water resources effects public policy and how water has been constructed in popular culture. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good experience
The book was exactly what I wanted. I saved $35.00 off the bookstore price and the seller bent over backwards to be helpful giving me extra information that I needed. I would not be hesitant to buy from this seller again as I have purchased items in the past that weren't what they were said to be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Overview to Water Resource Engineering
This book gives a fantastic overview of water resources and how they came to be.I have used this book as a student, teacher and consultant reference.It definitely fills a void in current literature.I also agree with the Bon Jovi review regarding content and layout - fantastic!

3-0 out of 5 stars Poor printing quality, but overall a good reference book.
I bought this book for a watershed management class. It is a very informative and interesting read so far. I have divided my review into the good, bad and ugly:

The good: It appears to be a good reference book for future use outside the classroom. There are 'policy issue' sections, case studies, 'closer look' sections, and guest essays that all contribute to real world examples as related to the material in the book.The two-column format is easy to read. There are several suggested readings, videos, and websites for each chapter, not just one or two.

The bad: All pictures and maps are in black and white. Color maps and pictures would be nice.

The ugly: The printing quality is not what I would expect of a $100+ textbook. It looks like it is draft quality printing. The entire book is in black and white. The only color is on the front cover.
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3. Water-Resources Engineering (2nd Edition)
by David A. Chin
Hardcover: 976 Pages (2006-04-13)
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Asin: 0131481924
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This in-depth review of water-resources engineering essentials focuses on both fundamentals and design applications. Emphasis on fundamentals encourages readers’ understanding of basic equations in water-resources engineering and the background that is necessary to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Comprehensive design applications illustrate the practical application of the basic equations of water-resources engineering. Full coverage of hydraulics, hydrology, and water-resources planning and management is provided. Hydraulics is separated into closed-conduit flow and open-channel flow, and hydrology is separated into surface-water hydrology and ground-water hydrology. For professionals looking for a reference book on water-resources engineering.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Water-Resources
The book is very straight forward and explains a lot but does not give enough examples. Overall its a good book to use.

2-0 out of 5 stars Rating
The book came in good condition, but it took forever and i did ask for special 2-3day delivery.It came like 2 weeks later!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book should be on the bookshelf of every engineer who specializes in water-resources engineering. ... Read more

4. Water Resource Economics: The Analysis of Scarcity, Policies, and Projects
by Ronald C. Griffin
Hardcover: 424 Pages (2006-01-01)
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Economics brings powerful insights to water management, but most water professionals receive limited training in it. This text offers a comprehensive development of water resource economics that is accessible to engineers and natural scientists as well as economists. The goal is to build a practical platform for understanding and performing economic analysis using both theoretical and empirical tools. The mathematics needed to understand the subjects covered in this text include basic optimization methods and integral calculus. Familiarity with microeconomics or natural resource economics is helpful, but all the economics needed is presented and developed progressively in the text. Many water-based example calculations are included. Thus the book can be used for independent study as well as course work.

The book focuses on the scarcity of water quantity (rather than water quality). The author presents the economic theory of resource allocation, recognizing the peculiarities imposed by water, and expands the theory to encompass time-defined matters such as ground water depletion. He then discusses such subjects as institutional economics, water law, how economics is used in policy and cost-benefit analysis, the roles of water marketing and water pricing, demand and supply estimation, privatization, and modeling with demand and supply functions. As an aid to readers with specific interests, references to recent literature are given for all of these topics. Each chapter ends with a summary and exercises. All graphic portrayals of economic theory and most calculations are performed using Mathematica software. These programs are downloadable, but their use is entirely optional. ... Read more

5. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
by Marq de Villiers
Paperback: 368 Pages (2001-07-12)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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

6. Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's Most Precious Resource
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2010-02-16)
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Asin: 1426205724
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Written in Water: A Message for the Future comprises a collection of essays authored by heroes and leaders in the field of water solutions and innovations—a broad range of people from varied disciplines who have contributed their hearts and minds to bringing awareness to and conserving Earth’s freshwater supply. In their own words, authors tell of such tragedies as water slavery, drought, or contamination, as well as their own professional struggles and successes in pursuit of freshwater solutions.

Contributors include: Alexandra Cousteau, social environmental advocate and granddaughter of legendary marine scientist Jacques Cousteau; Peter Gleick, environmental visionary and winner of a 2003 MacArthur "genius grant"; Bill McKibben, bestselling author and winner of a Guggenheim fellowship; Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and Time magazine’s first "hero for the planet"; and Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with more than a dozen other notable people.

These visionaries’ stories touch, surprise, and amaze as they help us see the essential role played by water in our world, our lives, and our future. These are all people who are thinking far beyond the realm of self; they are devoted to creating a better world for all of us. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Inspirational
I borrowed this book a few months ago.As I enjoyed it very much and see no reviews yet, here's what I remember.

For me, some books about water as a natural resource have induced panicked paralysis, instead of inspiration toward action. This book's "messages of hope" provide the inspiration to act that I sought.Still, the book introduces serious topics.

One chapter is an account of two girls who must walk many miles to fetch water, but the hope is in the friendship that they develop along the way.I appreciated the relational element added to the science and economics of water shortage that is provided in other books.

Another chapter is about a man who developed an economical and portable UV "light stick" to sanitize water.A friend of mine recently brought one of these UV sticks on our trip to Mexico, and it seemed to the rest of us like a luxury item.It was inspirational to read the story behind the invention of what I presume is that same device, which was needed to reduce epidemic childhood disease in the inventor's region in southeast Asia.

Highly recommended for the general public as an introduction to these issues, and to environmental students and professionals for non-technical enrichment. ... Read more

7. Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources Engineering
by Lynn E. Johnson
Hardcover: 328 Pages (2008-12-17)
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State-of-the-art GIS spatial data management and analysis tools are revolutionizing the field of water resource engineering. Familiarity with these technologies is now a prerequisite for success in engineers’ and planners’ efforts to create a reliable infrastructure.

GIS in Water Resource Engineering presents a review of the concepts and applications of GIS in the various sub-fields of water resource engineering. After a summary review of analyses and database functions, the book addresses concepts and applications in the following areas:

  • Surface Water Hydrology
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Water Supply and Irrigation systems
  • Wastewater and Stormwater Systems
  • Floodplain Management
  • Water Quality
  • Water Resource Monitoring and Forecasting
  • River Basin Planning and Management

The book develops a general understanding of the nature of GIS and how it is used to create and analyze geographic data. The author first introduces primary field data collection methods and describes procedures for interpretation and analysis. The second portion of the book focuses on the linkage of GIS data with water resource analysis and management models. Applications are presented with descriptions of GIS database development, analysis background theory, and model integration with GIS.

The profound impact of GIS systems on water resources engineering continues to grow. GIS in Water Resource Engineering arms engineers and planners with an arsenal of tools to assist in the creation of a reliable, environmentally sensitive, infrastructure.

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8. The Evolution of Water Resource Planning and Decision Making
by Clifford S. Russell, Duane D. Baumann
 Paperback: 320 Pages (2010-02-28)
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This broad review of the development of US water resource policy analysis and practice offers perspectives from several disciplines: law, economics, engineering, ecology and political science. While the historical context provided goes back to the early 19th century, the book concentrates on the past 60 years and features a discussion of the difficulty that has generally been encountered in bringing the disciplines of economics and ecology into collaboration in the water resource context.

The book explores the evolution of water related analytical capabilities and institutions and provides illustrations from case studies, concluding with recommendations for research, institutional change and action. Though designed to be a background textbook for interdisciplinary graduate seminars in water resources planning and management, it is accessible to interested lay readers and those who have policymaking or implementation responsibility but lack a technical background.

The book will appeal to students and faculty in water policy, economics, and engineering, and in interdisciplinary programs organized around water resource problems and questions. Policy makers and general readers will also appreciate this non-technical introduction. ... Read more

9. Six-Minute Solutions for Civil PE Exam Problems: Water Resources
by R. Wane Schneiter
Paperback: 168 Pages (2003-07)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Six-Minute Solutions is essential when you're preparing for the civil PE exam's water resources breadth and depth problems. These make up 20% of the morning exam and 65% of the water resources depth module. Water resources problems also figure significantly in the environmental and transportation depth modules. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect prep!
Helped me pass... on my 2nd try... but still a very VERY useful way to study!

3-0 out of 5 stars OK
This book will let you know where you stand.I had a lot of trouble with the problems the first time through.The book served as a good evaluation of my weak areas.I would recommend this as a PE exam study aid.

4-0 out of 5 stars Six-Minute Solutions for Civil PE : Water Resources
Graet book with broad covering topics.
I couldn't logically understand answers with some problems.

2-0 out of 5 stars Significantly Different than actual PE Problems
I took the WR afternoon session and the questions in the test were nothing of the magnitude in this book.The problems in this book were WAY harder than the actual PE.While studying with this book, I was constantly frustrated by not making the same assumptions the author did in order to solve a problem.No assumptions on the PE, mind you, other than standard weights, measures, etc.Get the sample problems from NCEES instead - very much worth the money!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good variety of problems, but errata still exist
I'm taking the PE exam in April 2007.

This book provides a good variety of challenging problems.

But I reported errata in addition to those listed at PPI website.Such quality is disappointing, expecially for a 3rd printing of the same edition.

Without errata, I would rate this book a 5. ... Read more

10. Water (True Books: Natural Resources)
by Christin Ditchfield
Paperback: 48 Pages (2003-03)
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Asin: 0516293699
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Ideal for today's young investigative reader, each A True Book includes lively sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a comprehensive "To Find Out More" section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites. A staple of library collections since the 1950s, the new A True Book series is the definitive nonfiction series for elementary school readers. ... Read more

11. Planet Water: Investing in the World's Most Valuable Resource
by Steve Hoffmann
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2009-04-06)
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Asin: 0470277408
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Solving the world's water problems is proving to be one of the greatest investment opportunities of our time. Already, world water supplies are inadequate to meet demand, and the problem is going to get much worse in the years ahead. The World Bank estimates that 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and about 50 percent of the world's hospital beds are populated by people who have contracted water-borne diseases. If present consumption rates continue, in 25 years the world will be using 90 percent of all available freshwater. To address the problem, trillions of dollars will need to be invested in water infrastructure projects. And while the problems are most acute in developing and rapidly growing economies, there are huge water infrastructure needs in industrialized countries, as well. In the U.S. alone, it's estimated that more than $1 trillion will be needed for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. In Planet Water, water investment expert Steven Hoffmann explains the dynamics driving the water crisis and identifies investment opportunities in various sectors of the water industry. Hoffman provides investors with the knowledge and insights they need to make informed investments in water utilities, as well as companies providing water treatment services; infrastructure services; water monitoring and analytics; and desalination services. He also discusses mutual funds and ETFs that specialize in water stocks. Investing in the water industry is certainly no pie-in-the-sky idea. Over the past five years, many water stocks have exploded in value and water stocks as a whole have outperformed the S&P 500 by a substantial amount. In Planet Water, Hoffmann provides investors with everything they need to profit from this fast-growing industry in the years ahead. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Water: A Rising Tide of Investing
So how valuable is water? Ponder this: water has no substitute, regardless of price - the only commodity in the world of which this is true. The water industry is enormous; Hoffman says it'sthe third larget in the world, on par with oil & gas and electricity in terms of embedded capital. With over 97% of the earth's water as saltwater, and only 1% is easily accessible surface fresh water, there is going to be a growing battle for the right to fresh water, and as the Chinese say
" Crisis = Opportunity". Hoffman discusses the seemingly cavalier disconnect between the human economy and our dwindling natural resources.This may explain why the water "industry" has not gained popularity with the general investing public when compared to the more traditional and well-followed sectors of our global economy.
I found this book helped answer many questions such as; should I buy individual stocks or a mutual fund, which companies are best positioned to address the future, is demand for safe water outpacing supply, what is the global situation and how much new infrastructure will the U.S. need in the near future.

I always find it helpful to look at the table of contents, so here are
some of the chapters:

Chapter 1 - Water
Chapter 2 - The Global Water Condition
Chapter 4- The Cost of Clean Water
Chapter 5,6,9 - The Business of Water;Utilities;Infrastructure
Chapter 12 - Desalinization
Chapter 13,14.16- Emerging Issues; Water as an Asset Class; Looking forward

Hoffman says that " virtually every country in the world is presented with some combination of water quality and quantity issues". In tandem with his technical analysis Hoffman also presents his case forthe substantial increase in waters value. I learned of a number of additional drivers that have bolstered the argument for water investing. Around the globe, aging and dilapidated water and sewer infrastructure is in dire need of repair, and new infrastructure must be built to meet the needs of growing populations in both developed and developing economies. I've never been a huge stock investor and stick with mutual funds most of the time. I would recommend this book to those self directed investors like myself who want to further analyze trends in the water industry

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Water is the third largest industry in the world and will be driven by a substantial increase in its value during the 21st century, say author Hoffman. In substantiation, he cites the World Health Organization estimate that 1.1 billion do not have access to improved drinking water and 2.6 billion live without proper means of sanitation. Half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from waterborne and water-related diseases. The health burden also includes the annual expenditures of 10 million person-years carrying water from distant sources. An estimated 1.8 million deaths occur annually from diarrheal diseases alone. Finally, China has 22% of the world's population, and only 8% of its water.

Over 97% of the earth's water is saltwater, and only 1% is easily accessible surface fresh water. If per-capita consumption continues to increase at its current rate we will be using over 90% of available fresh water by 2025. Estimated total global water costs 2008=2025 will be $16 trillion - includes current operations and expansion according to international goals.

Semiconductor makers requires lots (up to 1 billion gallons/year/major plant) of ultra pure water - it is estimated that for every $1 they spend buying water, they spend another $20 in added purification and $10 in waste-water pretreatment. Health care, cooling towers, pharmaceuticals, and heavy metal processing also require specially treated water.

Global warming will add to the world's water problems due to increased floods and the resulting spreading of fertilizer and sewage; increased drought will be another problem.

The rest of "Planet Water" provides a good overview of the various equipment and chemical needs for water purification and waste-water treatment. ... Read more

12. Economics of Water Resources Planning
by L. Douglas James, Robert R. Lee
Hardcover: 640 Pages (1971-02)
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Like new. Minimal shelfwear. No markings. Pages are clean and bright. Binding is tight. ... Read more

13. Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues
by Karrie Lynn Pennington, Thomas V. Cech
Hardcover: 468 Pages (2010-01-18)
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How much water does the world need to support growing human populations? What factors influence water quality, droughts, floods, and waterborne diseases? What are the potential effects of climate change on the world's water resources? These questions and more are discussed in this thorough introduction to the complex world of water resources. The strength of the book is its coverage of the fundamentals of the science of water, aquatic ecology, geomorphology and hydrology, supplemented by internet resources and examples from water resource issues in the news to engage the student. The book begins with a short history of human use and influence on water, followed by chapters on the geomorphology, hydrology, chemistry, and biology of lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Major disease issues, worldwide water quality and quantity problems, and potential solutions are addressed. Water laws, water allocation, and the conflicts involved are discussed using US and international examples. Students in departments of environmental studies, life science, Earth science, and engineering will benefit from this broad survey of these crucial issues. ... Read more

14. Exploring Water Resources: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences, ArcGIS? Edition
by Michelle K. Hall, C. Scott Walker, Anne Huth, Larry P. Kendall, Jennifer A. Weeks, Jeff S. Jenness
Paperback: 176 Pages (2006-09-07)
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Start using the technology you'll need tomorrow, today! EXPLORING WATER RESOURCES: GIS INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE EARTH SCIENCES, ARCGIS? EDITION is a collection of invesigation guides that let you tap into the power of ArcGIS? software no matter your skill level. Use it to explore, manipulate, and analyze large data sets quickly and easily. And because this GIS textbook is full of study tools, it will come in handy during test time as well. ... Read more

15. Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management, and Policy
by Thomas V. Cech
Hardcover: 576 Pages (2009-08-24)
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With all new and updated material, the third edition provides civil engineers with a complete history of water availability. It also delves into government development, management, and policy of water usage. New information is included on international water issues, water measurement, and telemetry. Additional details are also presented on global warming and its impact on water resources. In addition, environmental engineers will gain a current understanding of the field through updated case studies and images that make the material more relevant. ... Read more

16. Handbook of Water Resources in India: Development, Management, and Strategies
by The World Bank
 Hardcover: 584 Pages (2007-03-15)
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This handbook focuses on major water policy issues in India, the challenges and the critical measures that need to be addressed. It traces the development of policies in water and their management and has contributions by India's leading water specialists. ... Read more

17. Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice: Better Water Management for Development
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Better water management will be crucial if we are to meet many of the key challenges of this century. The approach known as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is widely recognized as the best way forward, but is poorly understood, even within the water sector. Through case studies, from both developed and developing countries on five continents, this book illustrates how better water management, guided by the IWRM approach, has helped to meet a wide range of sustainable development goals. It does this by considering practical examples, looking at how IWRM has contributed, at different scales, from very local, village level experiences to reforms at national level and beyond to cases involving trans-boundary river basins. Using these on-the-ground experiences, the book provides candid and practical lessons for policy makers, donors, and water and development practitioners worldwide looking at how IWRM principles were applied, what worked, and, equally important, what didn't work, and why.

Published with the Global Water Partnership ... Read more

18. Water Resources Systems Analysis
by Mohammad Karamouz, Ferenc Szidarovszky, Banafsheh Zahraie
Hardcover: 608 Pages (2003-06-27)
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Experience has shown that structural solutions for water diversion, conservation, and transfer are not always the most efficient and economically sound alternatives. New, non-structural means of solving problems must be used to guarantee safe and efficient allocation of water to domestic, agricultural, and industrial customers.Focusing on conflict resolution, Water Resources Systems Analysis discusses systematic approaches for the mathematical modeling of various water resources issues, helping decision-makers allocate water effectively and efficiently. Readers will gain an understanding of simulation, optimization, multi-criterion-decision-making, as well as engineering economics and time series analysis, all necessary for successful water resources systems analysis. The book explores recent developments in surface and groundwater systems optimization and modeling, and relates these to real field applications and case studies.Supported by essential mathematical tools, this book gives current and future hydrologists, water resources managers, and civil engineers a logical reference for prioritizing and addressing critical issues such as flood control, power generation, and water quality management. ... Read more

19. Water Resources for Lodging Operations
by Stephani Robson, David M. Stipanuk
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20. Globalization of Water: Sharing the Planet's Freshwater Resources
by Arjen Y. Hoekstra, Ashok K. Chapagain
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2008-02-05)
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Globalization of Water is a first-of-its-kind review of the critical relationship between globalization and sustainable water management. It explores the impact of international trade on local water depletion and pollution and identifies “water dependent” nations.

  • Examines the critical link between water management and international trade, considering how local water depletion and pollution are often closely tied to the structure of the global economy
  • Offers a consumer-based indicator of each nation’s water use: the water footprint
  • Questions whether trade can enhance global water use efficiency, or whether it simply shifts the environmental burden to a distant location
  • Highlights the hidden link between national consumption and the use of water resources across the globe, identifying the threats facing ‘water dependent’ countries worldwide
  • Provides a state-of-the-art review and in-depth data source for a new field of knowledge
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5-0 out of 5 stars An impressive development of an important idea
Arjen Hoekstra and Ashok Chapagain - and others in their team - have since 2001 made very important modelling contributions indeed in developing the science associated with the concepts of virtual water use, virtual water 'trade' and in the related concept of water footprints. The book draws together the essentials of their research published in reports of UNESCO-IHE in Delft and in other science journals. It provides an easy introduction to the two concepts, identifies the assumptions and explains methods. The science is sound. The projection of the ideas and the analysis in the text is accessible. The concepts of virtual water and water footprints have taken some time to gain acceptance. This book will accelerate their adoption in the worlds of water science, water resources planning and allocation and in places where the uses of water resources are highly politicised. It provides an inspired introduction for newcomers to the subject. ... Read more

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