Community culture and rural water management

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Lopez, Mirey
environmental science
potable water
rural communities
cultural anthropology
Access to potable water has been on the forefront of the international agenda for almost three decades. The international community has been working together in developing potable water management programs and improving potable water access. This thesis examines how the nature of rural communities influences water usage and rural potable water projects in Nicaragua. Factors such as proximity to urban environments and exposure to nongovernmental organizations are demonstrated to play a role in shaping community expectations and satisfaction with potable water projects. The author proposes approaches for addressing urban influence focused on improving flexibility of project consultation processes, strengthening project monitoring, and enhancing the level of community knowledge with respect to available potable water systems. The author briefly explores how this case study is transferrable to other communities in developing countries.
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