- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480265152
- ISBN-13: 978-1480265158
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quenching the Thirst: Sustainable Water Supply and Climate Change Paperback – July 20, 2013
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About the Author
George Annandale, a humanist, engineer and author, was born in South Africa; one of the most drought-stricken countries on earth. The relentless concern about water scarcity in that country, which he endured as a child and later as an adult, left an imprint on him that resulted in devoting his entire professional career of about 40 years to water resources engineering. Currently resident in Denver, Colorado, he is a principal at an internationally renowned environmental consulting firm dedicated to engineering earth’s development in a way that concurrently preserves its integrity. Through unrelenting global travel he has worked on every continent on earth, except Antarctica; consulting to governments, private clients, non-governmental organizations, universities, development banks and aid agencies. This, his third book, is dedicated to sharing with the general public and professionals alike his insight into how climate change will affect reliable and sustainable supply of fresh water, and how to deal with the challenge. His contributions to society and the engineering profession have been recognized through listings in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Engineering and Science. International Water Power and Dam Construction, a professional journal, identified him as one of twenty engineers, worldwide, that has made a significant contribution to the dam industry in the beginning of the twenty-first century.
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Top Customer Reviews
vis-a-vis the diminishing yield of our water storage facilities.
In short he brings clarity on the issue of securing bulk water storage
He succeeded in presenting the facts in a logical and clearly understandable manner.
A must on the bookshelf of all decision makers in the water sector.
At another place, you will discover where the developed water supply comes for and where it goes. The results will surprise you because much of the flow is not in canals but in international commerce! Other places in the book, you will get insights into what sustainable management of this precious resource actually demands. Shockingly you will learn that in many respects, the current patterns are not sustainable, and, at the extreme, current trends are precipitating imminent crises. What is the reality of a city of 3 million literally running out of water supply—completely—for several months at a time! No medieval siege could wreak the havoc that we are visiting upon ourselves with currently unsustainable water management practices. And Dr. Annandale is one of the leading beacons on the loss of water storage that is occurring faster than we can create it due to egregious failure to engineer or operate water infrastructure to cope with the other essential natural flow, the sediments and nutrients that keep rivers alive. Dr. Annandale reviews the global experience and how to improve upon it. Substantively rich, the book is also a pleasure to read—not what you would expect from a rigorous water engineer! This book comes from the pen of a passionate, but exact and perceptive, champion of managing water as if it might matter to future generations.
As an ecologist, my background education on dam/reservoir systems severely lacked the perspective that Dr. Annandale outlines on the urgent situation we face with water shortages, and how are ability to provide dependable water supply is actually diminishing (due to several major factors). In my opinion, social instability (which can derive from water shortage crises) is one major factor which leads to outright environmental degradation for the purpose of human survival. Dr. Annandale does not shy away from the fact that often dams have significant and complicated negative effects on river systems and local communities located in the area of the reservoir. But he does depict how some of those effects are being mitigated for. I found the book to be a very quick read with information that made me much more conscious about the huge issues we face in the attempt to make dependable water supplies a reality for all people of the world.