June 14, 2011

Water, water, everywhere?

While I'm perseverating about water use in this blog, I might as well mention a few newer books on the topic.

Alex Prud'homme's new book, The Ripple Effect, focuses on how the human race is mismanaging our water resources and predicts that the next century will see more water crises than a tsunami--even going so far as hinting of water wars. New York City's sewer system, for example, uses 200-year-old tunnels. Sure wish that some stimulus funding went in that direction.

Charles Fishman (love that name for an author of a book about water) paints a somewhat different picture in his new book, The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. Kathleen Parker wrote a great op-ed about it recently. There is already an ongoing online debate about one of Fishman's statements--that water can't be destroyed, but there are a lot of water myths out there. Fishman stresses that in his opinion, all water problems are local and solvable. Tell that to the 1.8 million children who are estimated to die each year from either lack of water or tainted water.