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Most people don t give water a second thought, at least in the developed world We take clean, safe, and plentiful drinking water for granted But less than a hundred years ago, even in the US and UK, drinking the water was a crap shoot pardon the pun Here we are treated to a tour of water systems, beginning with Water 1.0 in Rome importing water with aqueducts and canals , along with primitive gravity fed sewage systems that drained directly into the river Meanwhile, China and Japan were u Most people don t give water a second thought, at least in the developed world We take clean, safe, and plentiful drinking water for granted But less than a hundred years ago, even in the US and UK, drinking the water was a crap shoot pardon the pun Here we are treated to a tour of water systems, beginning with Water 1.0 in Rome importing water with aqueducts and canals , along with primitive gravity fed sewage systems that drained directly into the river Meanwhile, China and Japan were using sewage to fertilize their fields to boost crop yields, but with some, er, side effects Then it covers the successive crises that drove the development of drinking water treatment and sewage treatment, before bringing us up to the current state of the art with water systems and future possibilities Along the way, each generation of water treatment came along with unintended consequences, like cancer causing chemicals and environmental challenges Cities have also grown rapidly and grown in places without sustainable water supplies Many of them are turning to a variety of water conservation methods, water re use and recycling, and desalination The writing was clear and readable, and it definitely wasn t a dry read sorry, I just couldn t help myself The topic is important because of the need for citizen engagement Most of the US water infrastructure is really old much of it is nearly a century old Politicians are reluctant to pay the huge sums of money for upkeep, much less improvements, in part due to anti tax sentiment among the public Most of these systems need upgrades to keep up with the population, and again, the people who work on these systems are inherently conservative and will provideof the same unless they see public support or at least a safe environment for them if upgrades have unexpected problems These upgrades will require investment, but won t necessarily beexpensive to operate than current systems Besides, informed citizens should be involved with decisions as critical as stewardship of this precious resource Might rewrite after I hear what people say in the book club I m going to go try out Right now I give it an A in the history section and a D in the practical application section Since that was theimportant part, I give the Dweight in the final number of stars A lot of the practical application part seems highly impractical I don t see it as reasonable to leave the centralized system we have for water collection and waste which seems what this author was mostly advocating. This book is concerned with urban water systems It only deals with crop growth to the extent that they use recycled urban water.The book starts with Rome It was a large city that needed additional work to get the water into the city because it was so big This is water 1.0 Many of their techniques are still in use today.Water 2.0 is purification of the water system When we realized that chemicals in our water were making us sick we tried out various treatment options.Water 3.0 is treatment of This book is concerned with urban water systems It only deals with crop growth to the extent that they use recycled urban water.The book starts with Rome It was a large city that needed additional work to get the water into the city because it was so big This is water 1.0 Many of their techniques are still in use today.Water 2.0 is purification of the water system When we realized that chemicals in our water were making us sick we tried out various treatment options.Water 3.0 is treatment of the waste water When we found that the city upstream had a dramatic influence on the quality of downstream municipal water supplies waste water treatment became common.Of 13 chapters, I read chapter 6 The Chlorine Dilemma first because I have interest in our present urban water quality Chapter 8 returns to the theme of contaminants in our water and their effect Traces of Trouble Hormones, Pharmaceuticals, and Toxic Chemicals Improvements are not free, and there is reluctance to spend money, as well as opposition to some of the solutions Sedlak gives a fantastic historical account of water use dating back to the Roman era all the way up to the present He provides insight into the challenges we face with aging infrastructure, growing populations, pollution control, and water shortages Additionally, he cites evidence for several solutions to these challenges.Sedlak provides enough background on each subject and presents it in a way that should be easy for anyone to follow.Overall, a great book Probably the best book I ever read on water About half of the book is about the history of the water services It explains in a simple and interesting way, how and when the techonlogy was developed and applied The other half of the book is about the future It develops on the different management options that have been tried and have been developed lately in order to deal with the challenges of the present and the future If one is interested in water management, then this is definitely an imp Probably the best book I ever read on water About half of the book is about the history of the water services It explains in a simple and interesting way, how and when the techonlogy was developed and applied The other half of the book is about the future It develops on the different management options that have been tried and have been developed lately in order to deal with the challenges of the present and the future If one is interested in water management, then this is definitely an important book to read You won t regret it A nuts and bolts look at the history, current condition, and future of our water distribution and sewer networks.The book is written in a rather dry style, and comes across as the work of a technician, though it is never too technical for a reader with some basic understanding of science The author spends much of the book explaining the mechanisms by which water is made safe for drinking, and waste is treated to minimize its impact on the environment and on human health and the limitations of A nuts and bolts look at the history, current condition, and future of our water distribution and sewer networks.The book is written in a rather dry style, and comes across as the work of a technician, though it is never too technical for a reader with some basic understanding of science The author spends much of the book explaining the mechanisms by which water is made safe for drinking, and waste is treated to minimize its impact on the environment and on human health and the limitations of both systems That doesn t necessarily make for exciting reading, but a knowledge of these systems is important for any true understanding of how civilization has advanced, and how we will survive in a a world of increasing water scarcity.The book is most challenging and interesting when it looks to the future, and explores the necessity of recapturing and using the water from our waste systems In fact, there are already major cities whose water supplies consist, in large part, of treated waste.I do feel that the author glosses over some of the greatest challenges, including the effects of antibiotics, hormones, and medicines released into the water on human health, and how to remove them from the waste stream But there is much here that is worth reading In fact, I would venture to say that without an understanding of these systems and technologies, and the alternative methods that many cities are exploring in trying to extend their water supplies, an intelligent discussion of our future in an increasingly water challenged world is impossible.All in all, a good start to a much needed conversation Great book summarizing the history of water and how it got to present day Various processes and technical details were described in easily understood terms and provides a great platform to further investigate the different topics which interest the reader. This book ignited my passion for reading non fiction books about infrastructure and municipal issues It is a great comprehensive look at the history of getting water, dealing with human waste, and looking at the impending issues that our country faces with water infrastructure. (E-PUB) × Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource ⚢ Turn on the faucet, and water pours out Pull out the drain plug, and the dirty water disappears Most of us give little thought to the hidden systems that bring us water and take it away when we re done with it But these underappreciated marvels of engineering face an array of challenges that cannot be solved without a fundamental change to our relationship with water, David Sedlak explains in this enlightening book To make informed decisions about the future, we need to understand the three revolutions in urban water systems that have occurred over the past , years and the technologies that will remake the system The author starts by describing Water , the early Roman aqueducts, fountains, and sewers that made dense urban living feasible He then details the development of drinking water and sewage treatment systems the second and third revolutions in urban water He offers an insider s look at current systems that rely on reservoirs, underground pipe networks, treatment plants, and storm sewers to provide water that is safe to drink, before addressing how these water systems will have to be reinvented For everyone who cares about reliable, clean, abundant water, this book is essential reading Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book For me, there was just enough technical stuff mixed in with the history and social information A really interesting read for those who want to knowabout their drinking and waste watersystems, where they came from and where they need to go.