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Water Law, Poverty, and DevelopmentWater Sector Reforms in India$
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Philippe Cullet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546237.001.0001

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Regulation of Domestic and Livelihood Water

Regulation of Domestic and Livelihood Water

(p.138) 5 Regulation of Domestic and Livelihood Water
Water Law, Poverty, and Development

Philippe Cullet

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines law and policy reforms concerning drinking water. It emphasizes drinking water over other law reforms considered in Chapter 4 because of the direct link with the realization of the human right to water, the relative lack of interest given to drinking water, and the specific ways in which law and policy reforms are being introduced. The chapter focuses on rural drinking water supply that has seen a major policy shift since the mid-1990s with the introduction of water sector reform principles to drinking water supply, including a new focus on demand-driven schemes, cost recovery, and user participation. It analyzes in particular the Swajal pilot project that kick-started the reforms and the Swajaldhara guidelines that have contributed to mainstream them. The final section places the analysis in the context of the realization of the human right to water.

Keywords:   urban water supply, rural water supply, Swajal, Swajaldhara guidelines, demand-driven, user participation, human right to water, Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme

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