Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia

Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia

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Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia presents the major achievements in the scientific fields of water supply technologies and management throughout the millennia. It provides valuable insights into ancient water supply technologies with their apparent characteristics of durability, adaptability to the environment, and sustainability. A comparison of the water technological developments in several civilizations is undertaken. These technologies are the underpinning of modern achievements in water engineering and management practices. It is the best proof that "the past is the key for the future." Rapid technological progress in the twentieth century created a disregard for past water technologies that were considered to be far behind the present ones. There are a great deal of unresolved problems related to the management principles, such as the decentralization of the processes, the durability of the water projects, the cost effectiveness, and sustainability issues such as protection from floods and droughts. In the developing world, such problems were intensified to an unprecedented degree. Moreover, new problems have arisen such as the contamination of surface and groundwater. Naturally, intensification of unresolved problems led societies to revisit the past and to reinvestigate the successful past achievements. To their surprise, those who attempted this retrospect, based on archaeological, historical, and technical evidence were impressed by two things: the similarity of principles with present ones and the advanced level of water engineering and management practices. Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia is intended for engineers in water resources companies, hydraulic design companies, and water Institutes. It can be used for all courses related to water resources. Authors Andreas N. Angelakis, Institute of Iraklion, National Foundation for Agricultural Research (N.AG.RE.F.), Greece Larry W. Mays, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University, USA Demetris Koutsoyiannis, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece Nikos Manassis, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece Table of contents Ancient gods and goddesses of water L. W. Mays and A. N. Angelakis Water for human consumption through history L. W. Mays, M. Sklivaniotis and A. N. Angelakis History of water and health Joanna M. Pope, Mark H. Weir and Joan B. Rose Diachronic evolution of water supply in the Eastern Mediterranean K. Voudouris Water and water supply technologies in ancient Iran Seyed Ali Mahmoudian and Seyed Navid Mahmoudian A historical perspective on the development of water supply in Egypt F. A. El-Gohary The impact of climate changes on the evolution of water supply works in the region of Jerusalem A. S. Issar and M. Zohar History of water supply in pre-modern China P. Du and A. Koenig Evolution of water supply technologies through the centuries in Crete, Greece A. N. Angelakis, E. G. Dialynas and V. Despotakis A brief history of urban water management in ancient Greece N. Zarkadoulas, D. Koutsoyiannis, N. Mamassis and A. N. Angelakis Sustainable water supply in pre-Columbian civilizations in Ancient Peru and South America A. Reyes-Knoche Historical development of water supply in Cyprus C. A. Kambanellas Water supply in the Middle East during Roman and Byzantine periods Benoît Haut and Didier Viviers Water supply management technologies in the Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations G. De Feo, P. Laureano, L. W. Mays and A. N. Angelakis Water supply sustainability of ancient civilizations in Mesoamerica and the American south-west Larry W. Mays Water supply of Athens in the antiquity E. D. Chiotis and L. E. Chioti History of the water supply of Rome as a paradigm of water services development in Italy P. Martini and R. Drusiani The historical development of water supply to Iraklion, Crete, Greece from antiquity to the present A. I. Strataridaki, E. G. Chalkiadakis and N. M. Gigourtakis The historical development of water supply technologies in Barcelona, Spain M. Salgot and A. N. Angelakis Water services in Mexico City: The need to return to the IWRM principles of Tenochtitlán (700 years of water history) B. Jiménez and D. Birrichaga The evolution of water supply throughout the millennia: A short overview Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Nikos Zarkadoulas, Nikos Manassis, Andreas N. Angelakis and Larry W. Mays
Publisher: London : IWA Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 9781780401041
Branch Call Number: 628.109 An
Description: 1 online resource


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