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The co-production of a constant water supply in Mumbai’s middle-class apartments

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Cat ButtonORCiD



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The lush gardens and gleaming cars that surround Mumbai’s middle class apartment buildings hint at plentiful water supplies. However, piped mains water is only supplied for a few hours per day. This research explores the pragmatic choreography of water sources to co-produce a constant supply. The storage of mains water, bottled water, wells and water trucks, and increased use of rainwater harvesting, has elevated this to an important instance of service co-production. This paper suggests that introducing rainwater harvesting creates opportunities for more water use in these households and allows a re-consideration of water provision and governance city-wide.

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Author(s): Button C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Research and Practice

Year: 2016

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 102-119

Online publication date: 22/06/2016

Acceptance date: 01/06/2016

Date deposited: 09/06/2016

ISSN (print): 1753-5069

ISSN (electronic): 1753-5077

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2016.1197305


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