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Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource

By: Peter Rogers and Susan Leal

245 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Sep 2010 | #186076 | ISBN-13: 9780230615649
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While many believe that water is a renewable resource that will never go away, the truth is the availability of this essential element is delining. Global warming creates moonscapes where there were once snow packed mountains. Population growth has pushed demand straining our current supply almost ensuring that water will become as coveted as oil in the 21st century.

As the supply of this precious resource declines, there are critical questions to answer: Can we learn to conserve? Can we find ways to renew this resource? Do we have the political will to act wisely before it is too late?

Through the use of case studies or success stories, the authors explain in accessible terms the water world with all its scientific, economic and political complications. With these success stories, they provide a prescription to address this crisis and manage future needs.

[Running Out of Water's"] excellent thumbnail introduction to the economics of water makes clear why the market cannot adequately allocate water resources...Presenting a wide range of both private and government-initiated efforts to manage water resources, [Rogers and Leal] offer a kind of how-to manual based on best practices...The great strength of Rogers and Leal's book is its inclusion of cases that are about the unmentionable side of water: sewage."--"Foreign Affairs""A well-written, interesting read...highly recommended."--"Choice""Very straightforward...A few hours with this book, and you'll be able to dominate any party conversation about water. And, even more, you'll want to read -- and think -- more about this most precious of all liquids."--Jesse Kornbluth, The Huffington Post

"Peter Rogers and Susan Leal get to grips with how we can keep the taps flowing, showcasing such solutions as "toilet-to-tap" sewage recycling in Singapore, water trading in Australia and smarter i


Turn the Tap and Out Comes the Water
Making it Last: Using Technology to Recycle Water
Taming the Big User: Improving Agricultural Efficiency
Wanted: Our Involvement
Valuing an Extremely Complicated Resource Leads to Wise Use Waste Not Want Not
Trans-Boundary Rivers Water that Lasts a Thousand Years: Bottled Water
Conclusion: So, Now What

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PETER ROGERS is a leading water expert and Professor of Environmental Engineering at Harvard University, USA and a Senior Advisor to the Global Water Partnership. SUSAN LEAL is the former General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, USA. While running this large water and power utility, she established the first Climate Change consortium of U.S. water utilities.

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