Book Club: ‘Water 4.0’ Explores Our Relationship with the World’s Most Vital Resource March 30

| February 27, 2015

Webster University Library presents the next Book Club discussion on Monday, March 30, discussing Water 4.0: the Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource by David Sedlak from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. Everyone is welcome!

Join us as we looks at the evolution of engineering related to water, the challenges our water systems currently face, and how these systems will need to be reinvented in the future. Roman aqueducts, wells, reservoirs, and water mains are just a few of the innovations to bring water to us, but there is also an elaborate system to take it away.

This discussion will follow on the heels of the 2015 Sustainability Conference on campus.


From Kirkus Reviews:

Water 4.0

Water 4.0: the Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource

A lucid primer on water technology.

Sedlak discusses Water 4.0: technology in the works to deal with (and pay for) water shortages, which are already upon us. Conservation is only modestly effective. Desalinization remains expensive; drinking treated sewage produces horror from laymen and their representatives, but effluent already makes up a large percentage of our rivers and tap water. One possible solution is to abandon centralized systems to treat and recycle waste water in our homes and neighborhoods. Our electrical and communication infrastructure is relatively cheap and often in the news. Water infrastructure is expensive and lacks enthusiasts, but in Sedlak’s hands, it isn’t boring.

2015 Book Club Schedule and Upcoming Selections:
  • May 4 – The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • July 13 – The Lowland by Jumpa Lahiri
  • Sept. 21 – Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler
  • Nov. 16 – The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

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