Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource

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6.1 X 1.0 X 9.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
David Sedlak is the Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley; codirector of the Berkeley Water Center; and deputy director of the National Science Foundation's engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). He is the 2014 recipient of the National Water Research Institute Clarke Prize.
"With the turn of a tap, clean water flows out. . . . It all seems so simple and obvious. And yet, as UC Berkeley Professor David Sedlak explains in his fact-packed new book, Water 4.0, such conveniences are really a marvel of engineering, built on centuries of trial and (often) error. More improvements are urgently needed as new challenges like climate change loom. So Sedlak's effort to engage the public on this oft-neglected subject is welcome."--Kate Galbraith, San Francisco Chronicle
"The book is filled with intriguing historical detail. . . . Sedlak is fairly described as a technocrat (he is a professor of engineering at Berkeley), but his book stimulates political reflection as well. The urban water crises he presents -- historical and present day -- not only run up against prevailing technological possibilities; they also have engaged political debates as to how we run and pay for our cities."--Jeffery Atik, Los Angeles Review of Books
The National Water Research Institute 2014 Clarke Prize consists of a medallion and $50,000 to the winner. David Sedlak was selected as the 2014 recipient because of his pioneering research on advancing the way water resources and urban water infrastructure are managed, including implementing water reuse and reducing the discharge of emerging contaminants. His work has served as the foundation for major policy and technical initiatives to reduce the effects of these contaminants and protect public health.
Winner of the 2014 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in the Engineering & Technology category
"David Sedlak offers a clear window into the past and a positive vision of the future for one of our most precious resources: drinking water. Using tools of history, engineering, and story-telling, he gives us hope that society will continue to find new and innovative ways of providing this precious resource for all."--Peter Gleick, editor of The World's Water series
"Water 4.0 captures an important story of the evolution of our current urban systems as well as discussing future options that are being researched today."--Michael C. Kavanaugh, Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., and Member, National Academy of Engineering
"One of the great failings of the academic world is that we rarely attempt to inform the public in any detail about our research. Water 4.0 presents an interesting and informative approach to educating the public on an abbreviated history of water."--William J. Cooper, University of California, Irvine
"By translating a serious and essential topic into something more catchy and fascinating than a whodunit novel, David Sedlak has provided us with an intriguing history of human water use. Packed with riveting stories and examples, the book helps us appreciate from where we have come and where we need to go."--Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network
"If you've ever wondered where your tap water comes from--and what's still in it when you drink--Sedlak's deeply-informed historical narrative provides the answers. Water 4.0 offers the clearest vision yet of how we'll get our water in the future."--Steven Solomon, author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, & Civilization

"Sedlak . . . has contributed a gem to the growing shelf of books on the emerging crisis surrounding water. . . . An erudite romp through two millennia of water and sanitation practice and technology."--Margaret Catley-Carlson, Nature-- (01/16/2014)