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Citizenship and the Right to Water. Lessons from South Africa’s Free Basic Water Policy

Published on 1 January 2005

Water is uniquely and fundamentally essential for all aspects of life, wellbeing and productivity. It is also the lifeblood of ecosystems, essential for many eco-hydrological functions. For poor people, access to clean and affordable water is a prerequisite for achieving a minimum standard of health and undertaking productive activities. However, it is estimated that 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water, and almost 2.5 billion people – 40 per cent of the world’s population – lack access to adequate sanitation (Neto and Tropp 2000, p. 227).

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Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

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published by
Zed Books
authors
Mehta, L.
editors
Kabeer, N.

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South Africa

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