There are five new popular books on water this year

The two I will recommend are:

Steven Solomon, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization.  It offers a very good history of water technologies, here is one good review.

David Zetland, The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity.  Of the five books, this one has the most policy truth.  Also, David reviews one of the other books.


Every few years, some one writes about water scarcity. Then the government makes one-size-fits-all policy changes and it makes things worse.

They have been warning us for years, but things don't seem to have gotten perceptibly worse.

unrelated, but Craig Childs' book The Secret Knowledge of Water is very good.

The way some people talk about water, you'd think it fell from the sky like manna.

You'd think it rolled down from the hills and sprung up from the ground. You'd think we have rivers and lakes and oceans full of the stuff. You'd think it was the most abundant molecule on the earth's surface and other such absurd things,

The classic book on water in Southern/Central California: Cadillac Desert, by Marc Reisner. It is copiously researched and very well written. Highly informative and a marvellous read.

A water engineer sometimes linked from this blog has recommendations:

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