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Access to clean and safe water is a significant challenge in developing countries. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source. Also, an estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation (more than 35% of the world's population). This is a global concern. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) solved this problem to an extent. However, it's expected that this problem is laid to rest by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Clean Water for Developing Countries by John A. Dracup provides a template that will facilitate the achievement of this lofty goal.
The first thing that endeared me to this book was the author's pedigree. He is someone I could call "an authority" in matters regarding clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. He has over fifty years of research and teaching experience in water resource engineering, hydrology, and clean water for developing countries at both the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley. He had also been a part of clean water projects in Kenya, Peru, Honduras, and Guatemala between 2011 and 2017. He sure has a wealth of experience under his belt. Anyone reading this book should rest assured that they're getting insights from one of the best guys in the field.
I was expecting a textbookish kind of book, and the book didn't disappoint. Most of the time, I felt like I was reading a chemistry textbook in preparation for an exam. However, the author's storytelling skills made the read worthwhile. I liked the way he started with a statement that triggered my emotions and imaginations. It set the right tone for the swell time I had reading the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative.
What I liked most was the descriptive writing style the author adopted. He gave detailed explanations of every concept he discussed in this book. Though my foundation in the sciences gave me a massive advantage, a layperson won't struggle to flow with the book. There were definitions of technical terms and pictorial representations of the different subjects he discussed. The author made sure to carry me along in his thought flow. Additionally, the sequential arrangement of the chapters contributed immensely to the readability of this book. This was a well-thought-out book.
There was absolutely nothing I disliked about this book. Though it had a few grammatical errors, my reading flow was not affected negatively. Hence, I reckon the book was professionally edited. I rate it four out of four stars. This book would appeal more to anyone who wants to contribute their quota to better the lives of people in developing countries. However, I strongly recommend it to everyone.
Clean Water for Developing Countries
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