"White travels a long road through water management history, use, consumption, planning, and technology. He concentrates mostly on Europe and North America. One of the strong points of his book is that he does not feel it necessary to look too far into the future to achieve benefits from the effective management of water resources in the context of cities." – Dan Whipple, Natural Hazards Observer
"This book offers students a concise discussion of the risks surrounding water scarcity, floods, planning, vulnerability, and sustainability." – Natural Hazards Observer
"[T]his volume [...] provides its readers with an excellent overview of water and the city both historically and currently and some sage advice with regard to how cities might address water issues. […] Overall this is a well research and timely book that deals comprehensively with many aspects of water in an urban context. It is an excellent example of the value of books written by those who have some planning practice experience as that experience brings with it some unique insights which help to bridge the gap between theory and practice. […] an essential purchase for any university library."– Caroline Miller, School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University, New Zealand, in the Australian Planner
Iain White is a qualified Town Planner, a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Lecturer in Spatial Planning at the University of Manchester. His main research interest lies in exploring issues surrounding water and the built environment.