Let There Be Water

Let There Be Water

Israel's Solution for A Water-starved World

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250073952
Characteristics: x, 337 pages :,illustrations (some colour), maps ;,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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