Sustainable Water – Lessons from the Developing World

Wong, Sam
(2006) Sustainable Water – Lessons from the Developing World. Engineering Sustainability, 159. 55 - 62.

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By comparing and contrasting the underlying principles of the sustainable water management (SWM) in England and the developing countries, this paper highlights the features and limitations of current water practices in achieving long-term sustainability in England. The over-reliance on formal and judiciary institutions fails to acknowledge the complex roles of agency and socially-embedded institutions in shaping water-using norms and behaviour. The minimal level of community participation does not help in building trust amongst water users, regulators and suppliers. Decentralisation, in the form of privatisation, does not necessarily enhance water efficiency, and the universal application of water regulations may not fit into local conditions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 10:43
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2021 08:48