The World's Water Tables in Crisis: Background information when reading How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

A Novel

By Mohsin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2013,
    240 pages.
    Paperback: Mar 2014,
    240 pages.

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The World's Water Tables in Crisis

In How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, the protagonist starts out in the water business by boiling tap water and selling it in plastic water bottles. Later on, he is approached by the country's Defense Department because it wants to build a reliable and safe water supply for the country. But the protagonist and the head honchos in the government know that the water tables around the world are shrinking and that their goal might yet be a pipe dream. As Filthy Rich's narrator says, "You hear reports that the water table continues to drop, the thirst of many millions driving bore after steel bore deeper and deeper into the aquifer, to fill countless leaky pipes and seepy, unlined channels, phenomena with which you are intimately familiar and from which you have profited, but which are now contributing in places to a noticeable desiccation of the soil, to a transformation of moist, fertile, hybrid mud into cracked, parched, pure land."

AquiferThe water table is essentially a line beneath ...

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