2013, English, Book, Illustrated
Melbourne's water catchments : perspectives on a world-class water supply / James I Viggers, Haylee J. Weaver and David B. Lindenmayer.
Viggers, James I., (author.)
This book charts the history of the water catchments and water supply for the city of Melbourne, which has many unique aspects that are a critical part of the history of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. Much of the development of the water supply system was many decades ahead of its time and helped buffer the city of Melbourne from major diseases, droughts and water shortages. The authors present a chronology of the evolution of the catchment and water supply system pre-1900 to today. They discuss major developments, policies, and construction and management activities. Each chapter is illustrated with historical black and white images as well as newly taken photos that contrast present scenes with those from the past. Chapters also include many fascinating stories of life within the water catchments and working for the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Finally, the book includes many extraordinary insights into current and future issues with Melbourne's water supply, including issues associated with the highly controversial North-South Pipeline and the desalination plant. --Publisher website.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-126) and index.
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