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[Water] [Book Review] Sanitation & Water Supply in Low-income Countries

by Eco Generation | 05-03-2014 10:04 Comments 22 Comments recommendations 1 recommendations

Title: " Sanitation & Water Supply in Low-income Countries " 
Author: Barbara Evans and Duncan Mara 
Editorial House: bookboon.com


 With the belief of, reading imparts the in-depth knowledge and makes viable to understand the global scenario, I had read various fictional and non-fictional books on different issues like literature, finance, environment, economics etc.
 I was lucky that I got the opportunity to read one of the e-book regarding environmental science named as 'Sanitation and water supply in low-income countries' by Barbara Evans and Duncan Mara published by bookboon.com in 2011. 
I was fascinated by the title of the book itself as the title has included the issues of least developed and developing country's environmental status regarding global sanitation and water supply crisis directly relating to the rural population's health condition and also the economy as a whole, addressing the financial issues of the rural and urban communities.
 'Water is life sanitation is dignity - so no sanitation, no privacy, no dignity.'
 It was one of the main striking features of the book which was impressive not only literally but also through the view point of humanity.

 As a whole, the book is able to successfully show the scenario of sanitation and water supply system through charts, figures and the evidences based on empirical study and also the comparison of rural and urban households.
 Besides that, the solutions are also based on low cost estimations and the use of reader friendly terms (especially for the non-medical professionals) is the finest part in the text.
 Through the focus on some of the burning issues of environmental science like pollution and ecological sanitation, the book has also enclosed the environmental problems like ground water pollution which isn't widespread to most of the common people and isn't regarded as threat to environment but it affects adversely in long term. Evans and Mara had successively included some of the brainstorming concepts of water related cancer and the water quantity and quality in environmental health which is able to replace pre-conceived thoughts of the rural population. Being a reader with not an adequate amount of knowledge of environmental science, I had the notion to find some difficulty in reading the book but the models, figures, pictures and some of the original factors made me convenient to understand the technical issues related to environmentalism.
 With no any set idea that 149 pages would encompass so many informative and adequate ideas of the socio-cultural factors, the book also made me aware about some of the small issues which I had encountered in my daily life and around my scenario but not paid the attention it requires such as school sanitation and maintenance, improvement of environment through programming and planning.
 The writers have also comprised the effects on human health and social dignity through the measures of proper sanitation and the environmental influences due to it. 

One of the excellent parts which I personally found out was the use of mathematical and participatory planning tools for environmental sanitation and maintenance and the cost-friendly sanitation system and the provision of subsidies as a national effort.
 The financial attempt for the individuals of low-income countries and the efforts of the engineers while designing the models of sanitation and water supply system to reduce financial burden is also an extra advantageous point in the book.

 Besides the content, the appendix, abbreviations and the citations are the best graphics design I discovered in the text. At the gist, the book has been successful to convey the overall sanitation and water supply problems of low income countries and the problem caused due to it in developing economies of the planet. 

Recommended by Smriti Dhital from Nepal


Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    It was awesome to go through it...
    Posted 31-03-2020 01:40

Apsara Sapkota

  • Apsara Sapkota says :
    Very informative piece of article Green Cheers from Nepal
    Posted 26-03-2020 21:06

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    The writing is really enthusiastic.

    Posted 03-09-2019 12:59

Sachin Regmi

  • Sachin Regmi says :
    Very informative piece of article Green Cheers from Nepal :) :)
    Posted 23-01-2019 12:37

  • Amy Lim says :
    Thanks for the information
    Posted 05-06-2018 18:13

  • says :
    There are concepts and hints we can use in daily life!
    Posted 30-05-2018 06:24

Lalit bc

  • Lalit bc says :
    i like this article:)
    Posted 27-01-2018 17:55

  • says :
    amazing article...
    Posted 11-01-2015 22:21

  • says :
    very interesting to read...
    Posted 11-01-2015 22:20

  • says :
    i think this book very impotant for students who are focus in water quality magement like me :)
    Posted 30-11-2014 03:10

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    Posted 28-11-2014 22:58

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    Posted 28-11-2014 22:54

  • says :
    i saw this book at bookshop, after your review i think i'll by it:) the author of this book is Duncan Mara, the professor of univercity of leeds? if it is really he then i will definitely go to bookshop!
    Posted 26-11-2014 23:53

  • says :
    Lovely review to read :)
    Posted 25-11-2014 17:56

  • says :
    Thanks! Good to read
    Posted 23-11-2014 18:29

  • says :
    wao! what an awesome book. I will buy it!
    Posted 19-11-2014 11:13

  • says :
    Thanks for the information
    Posted 17-11-2014 23:12

  • says :
    Thanks for the information
    Posted 17-11-2014 23:12

  • says :
    Surely this thing is good to read :)
    Posted 15-11-2014 22:06

  • says :
    Surely this thing is good to read :)
    Posted 15-11-2014 22:06

  • says :
    I live in less developing country which has many problems with water and sanitation. in my country, citizen who can access clean water only 60% and sanitation only 57%. That is still far from the target in 2019
    Posted 13-11-2014 19:02

  • says :
    Wow. This is a very informative and expressive article. Thanks for posting!
    Posted 03-05-2014 17:40

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