June 25, 2008

Book Review - Environmental History of Water

Environmental History of Water - Global views on community water supply and sanitation
Petri S. Juuti, Tapio S. Katko, and Keikki S. Vuorinen
TD 215 .E585 2007

This book is really a social history of water and its role in civilizations. The first part describes early irrigation systems as well as water supply innovations in Greece, Rome, and early Europe. The second part moves the discussion into the early modern era. During this time, sanitation became a concern and water supplies had to be controlled and in many cases, urbanized. The third part discusses the role of water in the modern era. While historical concerns about infrastructure, sanitation, and sufficient supply have not gone away, new concerns about water conservation, environmental cleanliness, and geopolitical fights over sufficient water supply have further complicated this picture. This is an interesting book which includes case studies from around the world.