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Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia

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Andreas N Angelakis
Andreas N Angelakis
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Larry W Mays
Larry W Mays
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Demetris Koutsoyiannis
Demetris Koutsoyiannis
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Nikos Mamassis
Nikos Mamassis
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IWA Publishing
Volume
11
ISBN electronic:
9781780401041
Publication date:
April 2012

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.

ISBN: 9781843395409 (Print)

ISBN: 9781780401041 (eBook)

Evolution of Water Supply Through the Millennia
By: Andreas N Angelakis, Larry W Mays, Demetris Koutsoyiannis, Nikos Mamassis
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/9781780401041
ISBN (electronic): 9781780401041
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2012

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