The first volume of the present work provides a range of early material on Bahrain, from the 1920s to the 1940s, dealing with the evaluation and management of Bahrain´s relatively adequate ground-water supply. The documents show concern with wastage and contamination. The first volume also reflects the intense period of prospecting for water in the 1950s, particularly in the Trucial States, but also in Doha and Muscat. Interesting accounts of surveys and exploration are given, including use of water divining. A section on the Jeddah water scheme concludes the volume.
The second volume brings together historical papers on the problems of water supply in Kuwait. Most of the volume is given over to the political issues in the 1950s of deriving water from the Shatt al-´Arab and the question of dependence on Iraq. A pipeline is discussed, but a proposed agreement fails on Kuwaiti concern over security and sovereignty. There is also material on the evaluation of domestic supplies and the search for new sources.