With the world’s population increasingly urban, particularly in the global South, providing universal access to clean drinking water in cities has been recognized as an international priority in the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals. As burgeoning populations and changing consumption patterns meet already-stressed aquifers, the challenge is to curb wastage and reduce overall consumption while ensuring the most vulnerable have their needs met. This talk draws on the experiences of poor and working-class urban water users in the Indian states of Gujarat and Karnataka to explore the limits of current water provision paradigms and propose new directions for sustainable water sharing.
About the Speaker
Mona Luxion holds a PhD from McGill University’s School of Urban Planning and is presently working as a consultant. Dr. Luxion’s work focuses on the intersections of infrastructure, policy and society in issues of equity and sustainability.