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Pipe dreams : the urgent global quest to transform the toilet / Chelsea Wald.

Wald, Chelsea, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 696.182 WAL (Text) 33500013390208 New Checked out 05/27/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982116217
  • ISBN: 1982116218
  • Physical Description: xvi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Avid Reader Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-262) and index.
Summary, etc.:
Presents a lively, informative, and humorous deep dive into the future of the toilet-from creative uses for harvested "biosolids," to the bold engineers dedicated to bringing safe sanitation to the billions of people worldwide living without it.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 April #1
    There are jokes to be made on the topic of toilets; fortunately, science writer Wald treats the subject with the seriousness it deserves. Toilets are part of everyday life, though the basics of "modern" plumbing date back to Victorian-era engineering. Most developed nations cope reasonably well with these limitations, but the rest of the planet relies on unsafe ways of eliminating and disposing of human waste. Solving these issues is a major factor in the health of much of the developing world and it is hoped that technology, with assistance from Gates Foundation grants, may come up with possibilities. We learn about pit toilets, composting dried solids, fatbergs, tracking drug use through sewer lines, and the added complications of gender-specific facilities (when Sandra Day O'Connor became a justice, she had to walk down a long hall to use a public women's bathroom). The book is well-written and researched, with much in-person investigation by the author. Extensive resources and suggestions for further reading follow the text. This is engaging, informative, and an unexpected must-read for readers interested in sustainability, and should have a place in nearly every library. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Chelsea Wald has repeatedly plunged into the topic of toilets since 2013, when editors first approached her to write about the latent potential in our stagnating infrastructure. Since then she has traveled to Italy, South Africa, Indonesia, and Haiti, as well as throughout the Netherlands and the United States, in search of the past and future of toilet systems. With a degree in astronomy from Columbia University and a master&;s in journalism from Indiana University, Chelsea has fifteen years of experience of writing about science and the environment. She has won several awards and reporting grants, including from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the European Geosciences Union, and the European Journalism Centre. She cofounded and continues to help coordinate the DC Science Writers Association Newsbrief Awards for short science writing. She lives with her family in the Netherlands, in a region renowned for its water-related innovations. Pipe Dreams is her first book.

Subject: Toilets > History.
Public toilets > History.
Public toilets.
Genre: History.

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