This forum discussion also triggered me to know more about water suppy here in the UK – my home since a few years. Very interestingly, England and Wales is one of the few countries in the world to have completely privatised their water supply and management – this has been the case since 1989, during the government of Margaret Thatcher.…[Read more]
Thank you for joining in this discussion, and your frank sharing is really appreciated!
You bring up a very important question that all of us in this forum should consider “How could we get people in that country/community to care for their own people”. I think it is really important to start with yourself, as a water professional, as…[Read more]
Thank you Danny and Mary for bringing up very relevant points:
Firstly, corruption and lack of accountability in public spending on improving and increasing water supply coverage. One strong argument for privatising water supply services is to cut out the corruption and mismanagement rife in the public water supply system. However, is this so?…[Read more]
Dear Siwa, thank you very much for your observations on (peri)urban water supply and users from Zambia.
So far we have talked about commercialised/privatised water utility services in urban areas, in terms of for-profit companies. However, I was wondering if any of you can share experiences on B companies (socially motivated) or cooperative…[Read more]
Dear Roma and Damian, thank you for bringing up some very interesting points and observations.
Firstly, as Roma points out, electricity cuts during climate-change induced emergencies adversely affect utility companies’ to treat water, undermining their service efficiency. Any experiences on research and innovations to counter this?
Damian – your…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing your experiences from Zambia, and again you bring up so many interesting points, and questions in me! So from what you write, private water and sanitation companies in (urban?) Zambia have improved service delivery to customers and more efficient management structure. However it is important to know who accesses…[Read more]
You have made some very interesting points here, which deserve more discussion:
The falsely subsidized water prices of public water companies cater to ever-increasing demands of the more affluent urban water consumers, while urban poor in slums and informal settlements have no choice but to depend on rationed water from private…[Read more]
Dear course participants,
Congratulations on having completed the first module on Gender and IWRM! I think this will have provided you with a good basis for the rest of the modules.
I hope you are still interested in the subject to follow with a more detailed look at the gender aspects of drinking and domestic water?
I am the facilitator for…[Read more]
Please watch the video ‘Water Wars 2: Privatization’ on the following link:
What are the benefits and disadvantages of privatization of water services (for domestic use and drinking), in your opinion?
Would these be different for women and men? How?
Do you think some groups of women, men…[Read more]
Let me try and answer your question 1 as I was involved as a contributing author of the tutorial “Why Gender Matters in IWRM” that you are referring to. In plain(er) language the sentence means that governments and institutions need to monitor how austerity measures such as reduced spending in social services ( which women, elderly,…[Read more]