Running out: water in Western Australia.

Running out: water in Western Australia. Ruth A. Morgan.

Crawley: UWA Publishing, 2015. Octavo, paperback, map.

Ruth Morgan explores the people of Australia's west's fear of running out of water - a fear that has long concerned the region's inhabitants and loomed large on the state's political agenda. It has shaped how urban and rural Western Australians learned to live with the effects of a variable climate on their water supply, lifestyle, and livelihood. This is a story of hardship and persistence; of inclusion, exclusion and defiant profligacy in the face of growing scarcity, through a period of great development and social change. An engrossing environmental history that offers a new understanding of the past, this book questions this way of life as we approach an uncertain future in a drying climate.

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