February — it’s the month we celebrate love and it’s still wintertime so you may be cuddled up with a book, perhaps under a blanket, and by the fire.
In the spirit of this column being about water I want to share a quick overview of some critically-acclaimed books about water; ranging from the struggles of water security, to the history and future of water systems, to amusing and educational children’s books.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
By Marc Reisner (1986; revised in 1992)
It relates the tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue around water, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, and of resulting ecological and economic disaster, including (in an update) the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future.
Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource
By David Sedlak (2015)
This enlightening book explains the array of water challenges that can only be solved though a fundamental change in our relationship with water. To make informed decisions about the future, we need to understand the three revolutions in urban water systems that have occurred over the past 2,500 years and the technologies that will remake the system for the future.
With notes on water recycling and the “one-water” concept, this book is very relevant to our local water supply challenges.
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
By Steven Solomon (2010)
A book describing a terrifying—and all too real—world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world.
This book reveals how today’s planetary crisis of freshwater scarcity is recasting the world order and the societies in which we live.
It’s a narrative account of the earth’s most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.
When the Rivers Run Dry: Water — The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
By Fred Pearce (2006)
In this book, the complicated scientific, economic, and historic dimensions of the world water crisis are revealed and analyzed, providing a remarkable, complete portrait of this growing danger and its ramifications.
Books Accessible to Kids
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks
By Joanna Cole (1988)
From there, they follow the trail of water, from its sky-high source to the school bathroom sink, on a wet and wild fieldtrip. A great way to help kids understand the water cycle, water treatment, and water’s importance to our everyday lives.
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story
By Neil Waldman (2003)
The water begins as a snowflake that melts into a droplet, flows into the ground, bubbles up in a spring, flows into a farm’s irrigation system, evaporates into the morning fog, becomes part of a cloud, rains down, enters a plumbing system, washes a little girl’s face, flows out to the ocean, gets swept onto the shore and evaporates into the sky to become a snowflake once more.
The Hidden Messages in Water
By Masaru Emoto (2005)
He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.
Toilets of the World
By Morna E. Gregory (2009)
It features many unusual toilets (and their stories!), from the incredibly complex to the mere hole in the ground. A fun and surprisingly interesting read – adults and kids will enjoy it!
Super Simple Things to Do with Water: Fun and Easy Science for Kids
By Kelly Doudna (2011)
A wonderful book for kids ages 7 – 10 that offers a variety of household science experiments focused on water. The book introduces basic physics principles with seven water-based science experiments, all of which can be completed with simple household items.
Each activity includes kid-friendly photos and instructions, and simplified scientific explanations.
As always, if you have any questions about this month’s topic or anything else related to Soquel Creek Water District, feel free to contact Melanie Mow Schumacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831)475-8501 x153 and visit www.soquelcreekwater.org.