Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World?s Most Vital Resource

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Yale University Press, Jan 28, 2014 - 332 páginas
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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 2,500 years and the technologies that will remake the system.div /DIVdivThe author starts by describing Water 1.0, 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./DIV
 

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Crítica de los usuarios  - ReluctantTechie - LibraryThing

Excellent overview of how we use this precious resource. It is written for the layperson, but is well-footnoted for the more serious reader. Explanations of the environmental issues as well as the ... Leer comentario completo

WATER 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource

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A lucid primer on water technology.Civilizations appeared without many things, including iron, the wheel, domestic animals or writing, but water was critical. Providing it has always taxed human ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

The Bucket Era
14
Europes Sewage Crisis
26
Growing Old Thanks to Water Treatment
41
Burning Rivers Fading Paint and the Clean
63
The Chlorine Dilemma
90
Drains to Bay
112
Hormones Pharmaceuticals
139
Paying for the Fourth Revolution
164
The Toiletto Tap Solution
187
Turning to the Sea for Drinking Water
217
A Different Tomorrow
238
Reflections
273
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David Sedlak is the Malozemoff Professor in the Department of of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center, and deputy director of the National Science Foundation s engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). He is the 2014 recipient of the National Water Research Institute Clarke Prize.

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