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Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource Format Kindle
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The book is written in a lively and accessible style with lots of humor, fascinating anecdotes and personalities, and filled with counterintuitive observations, such as the fact that most of our drinking water in the future will come from sewage. (Some of it already is, but don't tell the residents of Houston that).
There are a number of books published about water. But most of them deal with the subject from a geo-political or world environmental perspective. This book is different. It's written by a hydrological engineer and explains the practical steps we need to take to avoid dying of thirst.
"Water 4.0" is a delightful, fascinating and ultimately very balanced treatment of humans and water: past, present, and future.
David Sedlak has won many awards and recognition for his innovative and high quality teaching at Berkeley, and it shows through in the book. You will probably put the book down and be amazed at how much you have learned about water and what an easy read it was. The author has produced a very readable tour of water and its importance to human civilization. Starting with the early efforts to channel fresh water to the present and an open view the future, the importance of water is delivered in a fascinating tour of Roman aqueducts, French sewers, Victorian battles for health, through modern systems for delivering water and removing wastes.
Ultimately, the reader is given a great primer on water and its importance to life and society, and in the end, positioned to consider how human society will continue to grow given the challenges of obtaining and providing clean water while removing wastes in sustainable ways. I think that the author has succeed in his goal of calling our attention to the importance of water to all of us, and how big those challenges are for both low resource and high resource societies.
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Most importantly, Sedlak takes great care to highlight the significant and critical challenges that we face at this particular moment with respect to both water quality and water quantity. It is abundantly clear that our society must reevaluate the way in which we use and dispose of water if we are to avoid serious environmental, social, and economic hardships. Water 4.0 should prove a rallying point for those interested in this important topic, and therefore I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the health and well-being of both our society and the global environment.
Many of us take for granted that water comes out of the tap when we turn it on, and that it disappears down the drain or toilet when we are finished with it. But what happens before the tap flows, and after water is used, is complex to the point of being amazing. It is also flawed and leaves tremendous room for improvement in efficiency and overall function.
In tackling this subject, Sedlak not only translates the technical workings of urban water systems into understandable language accessible to the non-specialist, but does so within an engaging narrative that puts technology into its historical context. More importantly, Sedlak gives us a look into the future: with coherent descriptions of urban water’s next incarnations, Water 4.0 throws down the gauntlet with a vision for reinvention of water systems.
This book is a must read for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to get clean water to their home, where it goes to after they use it, and how we will need to change things to respond to an uncertain future.
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