Books on Water: Importance, Safety & Future

Author: Sherry Helms

March 22 is observed as the World Water Day every year. Proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), this day is celebrated as means of spotlighting the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

What you have in your plan chart to support this campaign. Those who have some plans, and even those who have nothing, can follow us to recognize the importance of earth’s most abundant, ubiquitous resource, Water. Read out popular Books on Water and enhance your awareness about this most precious natural resource. With the help of our editorial team, we have sorted out some worthwhile books from the myriad of books on water available with us. Here is the list:

The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century – This book brings forth the facts about dirty water, drought and water politics in the United States. In this remarkable work of investigative journalism, the author Alex Prud’homme narrates a brutal drowning at a waterworks that left the people of New Jersey drinking diluted cadaver juice, while presenting the state of our water infrastructure.

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water – In this book, Charles Fishman takes you in the secret life of water through a trip from the wet moons of Saturn to the water-obsessed hotels of Las Vegas and from a rice farm in the parched Australian outback to a high-tech IBM plant that makes an exotic breed of pure water. While exploring our strange and complex relationship to water, the author brings our attention to the endangered status of this prime need of living things.

Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind – Written by an anthropologist, Brian M. Fagan, this book presents a cultural history of water, spanning five millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched present of the Sun Belt. In this book the author sets out three ages of water. In the first age the water was considered sacred; in second age of Industrial Revolution, people started taking water as commodity to be used and exploited and in the third age or say today’s world, the water become an endangered natural resource. At the end author lays stress on the issue of water safety.

When the Rivers Run Dry - In this revolutionary book, veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce travels to more than thirty countries to examine the current state of crucial water sources. Deftly weaving together the complicated scientific, economic, and historic dimensions of the world water crisis, he provides us with a global picture of this growing danger as well as ramifies it throughout the world.

Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water – This is the internationally acclaimed story of the corporate takeover of our most basic resource and the inevitable global water crisis. Through this in-depth examination of rapidly growing ‘global water crisis’, Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, two of the most active opponents to the privatization of water, brings into focus that how contrary to its received wisdom, water mainly flows uphill to the wealthy. A clarion call to people around the world, this book illustrates the statement of the vice president of the World Bank: “The wars of the next century will be about water”.

We invite our readers to comment and share if they want to add some more inspiring title in this list from their end. 

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