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Water Shock: The Day Southern California Went Dry Paperback – July 12, 2013
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Milton N. Burgess is a Professional Engineer (PE) and Fellow of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (FASPE). He has worked with water for his entire career as mechanical engineer and contractor building hundreds of millions of dollars in mechanical, plumbing and HVAC systems in the Western US including large wastewater treatment plants. Pumping, distributing, cleansing, and otherwise working to make this clear, crystalline, scarce resource called water available for drinking, bathing, heating, cooling and industrial uses is his business. He sits on the ASME A112 Plumbing Materials and Standards Committee that sets the plumbing standards for the US, and is the ASPE technical representative on the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition made up of the six major US and International plumbing organizations. He currently works as an expert witness in the construction industry and has authored numerous articles for ASPE’s Plumbing Engineer. For a more comprehensive history of his work, go to www.miltonburgess.com.
Top customer reviews
In his important work, Burgess leaps forward to the year 2069 when an earthquake liquifies the levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, effectively leaving Southern California without water as the region struggles to dig out from the aftermath of the destructive temblor. When terrorists threaten to exacerbate the disaster by attacking the remaining water supply, the Colorado River, the stakes rise even higher.
Water expert Charlie Reagan must battle ideologues along with Mother Nature as he implements patch-work repairs to California’s devastated water infrastructure while he attempts to find a long-term solution to decades of misguided water policy. Water Shock engages the reader through its critical examination of a stark world struggling to survive because the populace of the American southwest and short-sighted politicians cannot come to grips with an unsustainable demand for water.
Peter DeMarco, Founder and Technical Director of the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition
A must read for anyone interested in water issues.