International World Water Day, 2011: Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge

International World Water Day, 2011: Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge


Courtesy WHO

Each year more than 1 billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to resort to using potentially harmful sources of water. This perpetuates a silent humanitarian crisis that kills some 3900 children every day and thwarts progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The consequences of our collective failure to tackle this problem are the dimmed prospects for the billions of people locked in a cycle of poverty and disease.

The root of this underlying catastrophe lies in these plain, grim facts: 4 of every 10 people in the world do not have access to even a simple pit latrine and nearly 2 in 10 have no source of safe drinking-water. To help end this appalling state of affairs, the MDGs include a specific target (number 10) to cut in half, by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation. In addition, the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation recently recognized that integrated development and management of water resources are crucial to the success or failure of all the MDGs, as water is central to the livelihood systems of the poor. [source]

Learn about this water, cities, and associated urban challenges through resources in the Orbach Science Library.

Bibliography, with Book Jackets:

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Water management in ancient Greek cities / Dora P. Crouch.
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Toxic Legacy, Image courtesy of WorldCat local

Toxic legacy : synthetic toxins in the food, water, and air of American cities / Patrick  J. Sullivan ... [et al.]. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier Academic Press, c2007.
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Fuel for Growth: Water and Arizona's Urban Environment, Image courtesy of WorldCat Local Fuel for growth : water and Arizona's urban environment / Douglas E. Kupel.
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The River Dragon has Come!: The Three Gorges Dam and the Fate of China's Yangtze River and It's People, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local The River dragon has come! : the three gorges dam and the fate of China's Yangtze River and it's people / [compiled by] Dai Qing ; edited by John G. Thibodeau and Philip B. Williams ; foreword by Audrey Ronning Topping ; translated by Yi Ming.
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Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity / Sandra Postel ; with a new introduction.
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The Environmental Science of Drinking Water, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local The environmental science of drinking water / Patrick J. Sullivan, Franklin J. Agardy, James J.J. Clark.  Burlington, MA : Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, c2005.
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Water Wells: Implementation, Maintenance and Restoration, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local Water wells : implementation, maintenance and restoration / Michel Detay ; translated by M.N.S. Carpenter.
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 Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve our Most Precious Resource, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local Running out of water : the looming crisis and solutions to conserve our most precious resource / Peter Rogers and Susan Leal ; foreword by Edward J. Markey.
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Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater, Sludge, and Biosolids Management: Moving Forward the Sustainable and Welcome Uses of a Global Resource, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local Global atlas of excreta, wastewater  sludge, and biosolids management : moving forward the sustainable and welcome uses of a global resource / Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission ; UN-HABITAT ; [edited by Ronald J. LeBlanc, Peter Matthews, Roland P. Richard].
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Endocrine Disrupters in Wastewter and Sludge Treatment Processes, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local Endocrine disrupters in wastewater and sludge treatment processes / [edited by] Jason W. Birkett, John N. Lester.
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Reinventing Water and Wastewater Systems: Global Lessons for Improving Water Management, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local Reinventing water and wastewater systems : global lessons for improving water management / edited by Paul Seidenstat, David Haarmeyer, and Simon Hakim.
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Water in Crisis: A Guide to the World's Fresh Water Resources, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local

Water in crisis : a guide to the world's fresh water resources / Peter H Gleick; Pacific Institute for Studies in Developement, Environment, and Security; Stockholm Environment Institute   New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.  TD345 .W264 1993  

Urban Drainage, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local
Urban Drainage David Butler; John W Davies; London ; New York : Spon Press, 2004.  TD657 .B88 2004  
Water Politics and Development Cooperation, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local

Water politics and development cooperation: local power plays and global governance / W Scheumann; S Neubert; M Kipping 
 Berlin : Springer Verlag, 2008. TD353 .W38 2008

Sustaining Urban Water Resources in the 21st Century, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local
Sustaining urban Water resources in the 21st century: proceedings, September 7-12, 1997, Malmo, Sweden / A Charles Rowney; Peter Stahre; Larry A Roesner; Engineering Foundation (U.S.); American Society of Civil Engineers. Urban Water Resources Research Council.; et al. Reston, Va. : American Society of Civil Engineers, ©1999
TD657 .S87 1999  
Water Supply, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local

Water supply / Richard Joseph Stein;  New York : H.W. Wilson Co., 2008. TD355 .W385 2008  

Managing Wastewater in Coastal Urban Areas, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local  Managing wastewater in coastal urban areas  /National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Wastewater Management for Coastal Urban Areas; Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1993. TD653 .M34 1993
Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Management, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local

Data requirements for integrated urban water management / Tim D. Fletcher; Ana Deletic.  Boca Raton, FL : Taylor & Francis, 2007. TD655 .D38 2007  

Water Reuse: Issues, Technologies, and Applications, Image Courtesy of WorldCat Local

Water reuse: issues, technologies, and applicationsTakashi Asano; et al. New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2007. TD429 .W38515 2007

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Water for the cities; a history of the urban water supply problem in the United States.
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Health aspects of plumbing.
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Water use and reuse / David Newton; George S Solt; Institution of Chemical Engineers (Great Britain);  Rugby, Warwickshire, UK : Institution of Chemical Engineers, ©1994. TD345 .W35 1994  

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