Drinking Water

Drinking Water

A History

Book - 2012
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The author, a professor at Duke University and an environmental policy expert shows how drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time, from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change, and how humans have been wrestling with these problems for centuries. When we turn on the tap or twist open a tall plastic bottle, we might not give a second thought to where our drinking water comes from. But how it gets from the ground to the glass is far more complex than we might think. With concerns over pollution and new technologies like fracking, is it safe to drink tap water? Should we feel guilty buying bottled water? Is the water we drink vulnerable to terrorist attacks? With springs running dry and reservoirs emptying, where is our water going to come from in the future? This book shows just how complex a simple glass of water can be.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2012
ISBN: 9780715645352
0715645358
9780715645284
0715645285
9781590207208
1590207203
Branch Call Number: 363.61 SALZMAN
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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May 29, 2013

Drinking Water: a History --- by James Salzman. Eminently readable, well organized, well researched, with lots odf references and footnotes, written by a man who’s qualifications suggest that he should know his water, this book is well written about a subject most of us have never considered. Unless the tap went dry; the corner store ran out of bottled water or we went camping beyond the reach of our water supply. Water is difficult. Not the book but the subject matter. Where to start? The important term here, of course, is the drinking part of drinking water. So where to start? The nature of drinking water? Where does drinking water come from? How do we produce water safe for drinking. After all, in the wild, water is loaded with pathogens and disease vectors that sicken and kill? And then how do we get this good water to where its needed and who pays for all of this and how? Of course there’s a lot more to it and in Drinking Water than just that. Is than book more riveting than the latest Dan Brown? Of course not. Will it keep you involved? I think so.

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Joe96
Mar 15, 2013

how did I end up here...

hgeng63 Dec 15, 2012

Covers most of the topic clearly.

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