Insufficient water supply in an urban area - case study: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, has experienced an unsatisfied water demand during the last three decades. The state owned water utility in charge of the water supply of the country, SANAA, has faced this deficit by providing an intermittent water supply. The intermittent water supply has increased the gap between the rich and the poor, who cannot afford water storage facilities. Theories explain water scarcity either by low precipitation or by lack of investment in water structures. This thesis investigates the applicability of both explanations by quantifying the annual precipitation in the sub catchments with water supply potential for Tegucigalpa, and identifying the problems which caused the lack of investment into the water infrastructure. The analysis concluded that even if the annual precipitation is abundant, it is not evenly distributed in time and in space. Furthermore, it is argued that the financial limitations which hindered the lack of investment in water structures originated in the low tariffs imposed, and to the practices of the patronage system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2011. , 27 p.
Trita-LWR. LIC, ISSN 1650-8629 ; 2058
water supply, Honduras, SANAA, Tegucigalpa, water utility
Natural Sciences Water Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50503ISBN: 978-91-7501-211-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-50503DiVA: diva2:462207
2011-12-14, V3, KTH, Teknikringen 72, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
Lannerstad, Mats, Fil Dr
Gustafsson, Jan-Erik, DocentBalfors, Berit, Professor
QC 201112072011-12-072011-12-062011-12-07Bibliographically approved
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