Water Insecurity among Urban Poor (Hardcover)
The book empirically and theoretically argues that access to services such as water is the subject of political negotiations, mediated through identity, urban infrastructure, and the differentiation of urban spaces. The involvement of the public water delivery system has created a highly fragmented water-supply system and the troubled records of the private water vendors indicate to the fact that both public and private water delivery systems encounter significant 'governance failures' in attempting to extend urban water supply to the low income households especially in the slum areas. For the urban poor, the scarcity of potable water is a daily hardship which is accentuated in a heterogeneous society where crisis leads to marginalization, deprivations and conflicts. To achieve safe and adequate water for all, critical examination, reform or even replacement of the existing models is necessary to correctly respond to the failure of both conventional government and private sector models to satisfactorily 'provide water for all'.