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Water Infrastructure Always In-The-Making: Distributing Water and Authority through the Water Supply Network in Moamba, Mozambique

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Silvanovoa Consultores S.A.C., Jr. Tarapacá 131, Barranco, Lima 04, Peru
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Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department, IHE Delft, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands
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Governance and Inclusive Development Group, University of Amsterdam, Postbus 15718, 1001 NE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Water 2019, 11(9), 1926; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11091926
Received: 20 June 2019 / Revised: 30 August 2019 / Accepted: 2 September 2019 / Published: 15 September 2019
Using the concept of sociotechnical tinkering, this paper provides detailed empirical observations about the everyday practices of design, construction, operation, maintenance and use of a piped water supply network in a small town in Mozambique. We use these to show that the form, materiality, and functioning of this water infrastructure are constantly changing as result of interactions with its physical environment as well as in response to experimentation and improvisation by engineers, construction workers, operators and water users. Sociotechnical tinkering not just (re)distributes water, but also provides an avenue through which powers to control water flows can be wielded and exercised. In this sense, empirical attention to sociotechnical tinkering provides a useful entry-point for rethinking the distribution of control, authority and responsibility in water governance, or more broadly the relations between power and infrastructure. This, in turn, may yield new inspirations for identifying pragmatic possibilities for progressive water politics. View Full-Text
Keywords: sociotechnical tinkering; water infrastructure; everyday practices; small towns; Mozambique sociotechnical tinkering; water infrastructure; everyday practices; small towns; Mozambique
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Silva-Novoa Sanchez, L.M.; Kemerink-Seyoum, J.S.; Zwarteveen, M. Water Infrastructure Always In-The-Making: Distributing Water and Authority through the Water Supply Network in Moamba, Mozambique. Water 2019, 11, 1926.

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