Let There Be Water

  • by Seth M. Siegel
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As every day brings urgent reports of growing water shortages around the world, there is no time to lose in the search for solutions.
The United States government predicts that 40 of our 50 states - and 60 percent of the earth's land surface - will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow.
Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the United States and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with 60 percent of its country made of desert, Israel has not only solved its water problem; it also has an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors - the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan - every day.
Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the methods and techniques of the often offbeat inventors who enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology. Let There Be Water also tells unknown stories of how cooperation on water systems can forge diplomatic ties and promote unity. Remarkably, not long ago, now-hostile Iran relied on Israel to manage its water systems, and access to Israel's water know-how helped to warm China's frosty relations with Israel.
Beautifully written, Let There Be Water is and inspiring account of the vision and sacrifice by a nation and people that have long made water security a top priority. Despite scant natural water resources, a rapidly growing population and economy, and often hostile neighbors, Israel has consistently jumped ahead of the water innovation curve to assure a dynamic, vital future for itself. Every town, every country, and every listener can benefit from learning what Israel did to overcome daunting challenges and transform itself from a parched land into a water superpower.


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What an illuminating book!

How refreshing to read a book about Israel that has hardly anything to do with the political situation except for the fact that Israel turned its regional isolation into an advantage as it had to address its initial water scarcity. How fascinating to learn about all the innovative ways Israel manages its water, has turned into a water-rich nation despite its arid climate and all the technologies and knowhow it now shares with the world.
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- Annette Gendler

Israel's history and current approach to water abundance

Informative and repetitive so the reader can absorb the information of Israel's water history and current approach to water abundance. If you don't know anything about Israel's work in the area of water, you'll be fully enlightened. If you know something about it, you may learn more detail about their comprehensive approach, methodologies and technologies.

The narrator is easy to listen to not distracting. A book that I tried to get through quickly, but there were so many details I wanted to absorb, I took my time picking it up and putting it away, coming back to it over time. I wish the U.S and other wealthy nations could employ as many of Israel's methodologies as possible and we are slowly, but it will take a real crisis (versus an inconvenience) it seems of climate and economy before we build the system Israel has. It seems like Israel was proactive, but in a way in order to build a nation of wealth and to absorb the populations that were flooding into the area, Israel also had important incentive to build the water policies and network it has today. Even though the author presents Israel as being mostly forward thinking, I would argue it that there were some water visionaries of course, but the ideas became reality because of need. It's just human nature for most people to be reactive.
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- Elle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-31-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.