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Precious Commodity : Providing Water for America's Cities

Author: Martin V Melosi
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©2011.
Series: History of the urban environment.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As an essential resource, water has been the object of warfare, political wrangling, and individual and corporate abuse. It has also become an object of commodification, with multinational corporations vying for water supply contracts in many countries. In Precious Commodity, Martin V. Melosi examines water resources in the United States and addresses whether access to water is an inalienable right of citizens, and  Read more...
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Melosi, Martin V.
Precious commodity : providing water for America's cities.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2011]
xiv, 288 pages ; 24 cm
(DLC) 10904623
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin V Melosi
ISBN: 9780822977766 0822977761
OCLC Number: 793341722
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 288 pages :) : illustrations.
Contents: Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Water-Truly a Precious Commodity; Chapter One: "Improving" Rivers in America: From the Revolution to the Progressive Era; Chapter Two: How Bad Theory Can Lead to Good Technology: Water Supply and Sewerage in the Age of Miasmas; Chapter Three: Pure and Plentiful: The Development of Modern Waterworks in the United States, 1880-2000; Chapter Four: The Environmental Impact of the Big Dam Era; Chapter Five: Private Water: The Curious Case of San Jose's Water Supply; Chapter Six: The Historical Significance of Houston's Buffalo Bayou. Chapter Seven: Houston's Public Sinks: Water and Wastewater Services-Local Concerns to Regional ChallengesChapter Eight: Privatization of Water: U.S. and Worldwide Implications; Conclusion: The Question of Control; Further Reading; Notes; Index.
Series Title: History of the urban environment.
Responsibility: Martin V. Melosi.

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As an essential resource, water has been the object of warfare, political wrangling, and individual and corporate abuse. It has also become an object of commodification, with multinational corporations vying for water supply contracts in many countries. In Precious Commodity, Martin V. Melosi examines water resources in the United States and addresses whether access to water is an inalienable right of citizens, and if government is responsible for its distribution as a public good. Melosi provides historical background on the construction, administration, and adaptability of water supply.

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"A worthy addition to the canon of water history."--American Historical Review "[Melosi] suceeds in producing an engaging narrative by intermingling past and present issues concerning water supply Read more...

 
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