Let There Be Water

Let There Be Water

Israel's Solution for A Water-starved World

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"With hardly a day without a water-crisis story somewhere, Let There Be Water offers prescriptions on how countries, cities, and businesses can avoid the worst of it. With sixty percent of the country in a desert and despite a rapidly growing population, Israel has been jumping ahead of the water-innovation curve for decades. Israel's national unity and economic vitality are, in part, the result of a culture and consciousness that understands the central role of water in building a dynamic, thriving society. By boldly thinking about water, Israel has transformed the normally change-averse, water-greedy world of agriculture with innovations like drip irrigation, creation of smart seeds for drought-friendly plants, and careful reuse of highly treated waste-water. Israel has also played a leading role in the emerging desalination revolution. Beyond securing its own water supply, Israel has also created a high-export industry in water technology, a timely example of how countries can build their economies while making the world better. Built on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews with both world leaders and experts in the field, Let There Be Water tells the inspiring story of how this all came to be"-- Provided by publisher.
"As every day brings urgent reports of growing water shortages around the world, there is no time to lose in the search for solutions. The US government predicts that forty of our fifty states-and sixty percent of the earth's land surface-will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow. Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the US and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with sixty percent of its country a desert, not only doesn't Israel have a water problem; it has an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan-every day. Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the methods and techniques of the often off-beat inventors who enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology. Let There Be Water also tells unknown stories of how cooperation on water systems can forge diplomatic ties and promote unity. Remarkably, not long ago, now-hostile Iran relied on Israel to manage its water systems, and access to Israel's water know-how helped to warm China's frosty relations with Israel. Every town, every country, and every reader can benefit from learning what Israel did in order to transform itself from a parched land into a water superpower. Beautifully written, Let There Be Water is an inspiring account of vision and sacrifice that will long be admired by government officials and engaged citizens facing water shortages and other seemingly insurmountable challenges"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250073952
1250073952
Branch Call Number: 333.91 SIEGEL
Characteristics: x, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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Nov 22, 2016

This book presents a compelling case for a multi-pronged effort at water conservation, which includes public ownership of water, community conservation, drip irrigation, the reuse of sewage and desalination. This core part of the book is well-written and engaging. But another large part serves as a cheerleader for the Israeli culture. It is patronizing to the Palestinians and is so overtly pro-Israel as to make it not seem credible. I found it hard to keep going through this section. I recommend reading chapters 1-7 (in the early section he appears to cheer illegal Israeli occupations of contested territories, but the bias is much more limited compared to later parts of the book) and 12 and skipping chapters 8-11.

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