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Concentrated Poverty

A resident fills drinking water in containers from a municipal water tanker at a slum in Kolkata (REUTERS/Rupak de Chowdhuri).


Water Crimes: A Global Crisis on the Rise

February 20, 2015, Vanda Felbab-Brown

Urbanization, population growth, environmental degradation, water pollution, climate change, and increased living standards are among the main reasons for intense competition for water, argues Vanda Felbab-Brown. The illegal use and delivery of water is difficult to address, but without effective regulation, appropriate pricing, and suppression of water crimes, the sustainability, long-term viability, inclusive, and equitable use of water cannot be achieved.

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