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Problems faced by a national water utility in an urban area, a case study: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Water Management. (Land and Water Resources)
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.
2011 (English)In: Water Resources Managemtn 2011, Riverside, California, USA, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
intermittent water supply, Honduras, SANAA, Tegucigalpa, patronage, water utility
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Natural Sciences Water Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50690OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-50690DiVA: diva2:462403
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QC 20111207

Available from: 2011-12-07 Created: 2011-12-07 Last updated: 2014-01-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Insufficient water supply in an urban area - case study: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Insufficient water supply in an urban area - case study: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011. 27 p.
Series
Trita-LWR. LIC, ISSN 1650-8629 ; 2058
Keyword
water supply, Honduras, SANAA, Tegucigalpa, water utility
National Category
Natural Sciences Water Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50503 (URN)978-91-7501-211-7 (ISBN)
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2011-12-14, V3, KTH, Teknikringen 72, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20111207Available from: 2011-12-07 Created: 2011-12-06 Last updated: 2011-12-07Bibliographically approved

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