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Congratulations and thank you to Mr. Dracup on this invaluable guide.
Clean Water for Developing Countries is an excellent resource that illustrates the many approaches to providing access to clean water in low-income countries.
His citing numerous case studies reinforces the fact that there is not a “one size fits all” solution.
Dracup brings his impressive wealth of knowledge to this book, in an approachable easy-to-understand manner. He tackles complex feats and explains them simply.
This book is the perfect intro to the world of clean water and overflows with facts, definitions, key NGO contacts, and a wide variety of solutions.
If you are interested in international development via access to clean water, get out your highlighter and be prepared to learn it all - from water chemistry to filtration, best practices for sanitation and hygiene, hydrology, and so much more.
This book is a fine description of methods used to purify water in developing countries. Its solid information is reinforced by more than 80 color photos and a dozen maps and diagrams. The book presents the material in 17 chapters, which deal with the disinfection, storage, and transport of water. Chapters also include websites for additional relevant information. I particularly like the clear presentation of pros and cons of each water treatment system.
Later chapters take up important related issues. Among these are costs, funding sources, marketing, organizations that can be of help, and university programs. Of special note is a sensitive chapter about cultural issues that need to be considered.
An enormous amount of practical information is presented here in quite readable language. The book is a masterful summary of the topic of providing clean water in developing countries.
I wish that this book had been published 5 years ago when I started working on Clean Water projects in Africa. It is full of good solid information, case histories and references. It covers the basics of why and how to provide clean water in a developing country. John lays out the full range of options available along with the pros and cons of each and how they could fit into a particular situation. He acknowledges that one size does not fit all situations and helps the reader determine what is the best fit for their situation. There are numerous references to sources where someone can go for help. Most importantly, it is written in a clear precise language without buzzwords or jargon. You can take this book anywhere in the world and use it as a reference.
Clean Water for Developing Countries is a gold mine of information on its topic. The author is impressively skilled as a veteran hydrologist, lucid writer, and practicing civil engineer in developing countries. He does not waste time with non-essentials or the arcane. He gives his readers a comprehensive and immediately useful resource for one of the most urgent challenges in the world’s resource-poor countries. Web-sites are provided for pertinent entities like Oxfam and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so further details may be pursued if so desired. Case studies illustrate successful approaches, and multiple clean water Non-Governmental Organizations are identified and appropriately characterized. Withal, this book should be the standard work in its field for years to come.
With the world changing at an unprecedented rate, this provides clear and concise examples of how to solve local water challenges in even the most remote locations. Perfect for both academics, engineers and anyone who wants to make the world a better place through affordable water solutions.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in bringing clean water to people who live in developing countries. Many of us take clean water for granted, but is the source of disease and death for many of the people around the world.
This book is an inspirational source of important information for everyone persuing this difficult challenge affecting millions of families all over the world. Clean healthy drinking water and sanitation are the cornerstones of all successful societies. So many children, adults, and animals suffer and die due to poor-polluted water conditions. This book takes a hard look at proven solutions that have been tested over many decades.
The book gives field-tested low-cost solutions that last the test of time and resonate with the local people. It also explains why giving it all away for free often does not work in the vast majority of the case studies. The communities must have some skin in the game so to speak. The manuscript also includes excellent heart-wrenching and wonderful uplifting stories.
If you are interested in this topic as a government body, a philanthropist, an NGO, a volunteer or a for-profit business, you should read this inexpensive, wealth of information found in this how-to guide. Your success will be 99.9% greater with this in your hand.
As the book begins: "You have arrived in a village in western Kenya in the late afternoon…," smoke and dust fill the air, the rainwater bucket is empty, and a woman and her daughter just arrived, having walked three kilometres with 20-kg buckets on their heads, carrying water that is muddy, polluted, and vanishing. What do you do? Where do you even start? The problem of how to provide safe and clean water in developing countries is arguably one of the most critical today, and it may seem overwhelming and daunting. But Professor Dracup makes it manageable, tractable, and achievable. Drawing upon his decades of global experience, his stellar academic career, and his truly compassionate heart, Professor Dracup provides a practical and priceless book. He breaks the whole problem down into logical components, chapter-by-chapter, offering both fundamental principles and practical decision-making guidance. Moreover, he offers inspirational case studies and a splendid resource guide. His book will capture you from the first page, enrapture you until the last page, and make you want to read again (as I just did). Another marvellous feature is that the book is accessible to a wide audience, whether the reader is a professional engineer, a community volunteer, or a secondary school student. (In fact, I'm giving this book as a graduation present to my niece to inspire her to become a civil and environmental engineer.) The book is joy to read and remarkably easy to read. Professor Dracup's mellifluous writing style conveys rich technical details and sophistication and, upon reflection, you realize how much you learned without even trying. If you have any plans to work in developing countries or with water issues, this book is a must-read. And even if you don't, this book is still a must-read, as you'll gain a priceless perspective into problems facing billions of people around the world, and ways we can help. Thank you, Professor John Dracup, for writing this book.
Professor John Dracup’s Clean Water for Developing Countries brings together his over 50 years of background in water resources, his passion for making a difference in making water available in all parts of the world, and his years as an educator. This book provides a comprehensive guide to anyone wanting to go out in the field to work in developing countries to provide clean water. Not only does it address the technologies required, it provides the broader context of water supply, and the other societal, culture and financial considerations.
This book is applicable for many different uses whether that is NGOs who are working in developing countries, K-12 educators who are teaching youth about clean water issues in the world (say in an Environmental Science course), or college teachers who have classes in sustainable water resources or working with student groups such as Engineering Without Borders who conduct projects in developing countries.
The book is very accessible as it provides excellent examples of how different technologies of varying complexities can be used in the field. Everything from the Hippo Roller invented in South Africa that allows 90-litter containers to be transported to the innovative use of animal bone char to remove fluoride in Kenya. Professor Dracup has clearly done research on what works in the field and appropriate in developing countries.
Professor Dracup is an inspiration for those interesting in clean water. His experience in education has created an army of students making a difference in the world and now his involvement in the Rotary Club has broaden his impact. Finally, many others will benefit from the sales of this book as all profits from the book going to the Rotary Foundation or other NGOs.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020
Clean water for developing countries is a very well-written book…The author Prof. John Dracup has used his experience of 50 plus years to unravel the steps in obtaining clean water in developing countries…
The book begins by presenting a strong case for clean water and the outlines the steps needed to achieve safe drinking water (irrigation is also included). The book begins with identifying a water source followed by the removal of sediments. The next step is filtration that can be accomplished in many ways so as to get rid of many of the bacteria in the water. This is followed by disinfection and the disinfected water is moved to a safe storage so as to not risk contamination. Occasionally, the water may have to be transported from the point of production to the point of consumption. The author also delves into choice of water sources and ways and means of getting this water – example pumping. The impact of sanitation, hygiene and cultural issues are also addressed in the book. The book ends with numerous case studies of interactions between NGOs and other organizations with delivery of clean water to communities.
The book takes the reader to countries and communities in Africa, Central America and Asia. It also shows how students are involved in helping the communities in these developing countries. Finally, the book is a hybrid between a scientific text and an encyclopedia. It is a bridge between the requirements of a college student and a seasoned professional. Prof. Dracup has a very good writing style and the book is an easy read. The book can be used by NGOs involved in implementing clean water delivery to developing communities as well as in undergraduate or graduate teaching.
There are many advances of science and engineering that impact humankind and life on a day-to-day basis. But I do not think any other aspect that is more impactful than use of science and engineering to bring clean water to people….