Contested Urban Waterscapes (CUW) is a platform that explores water inequalities in urban contexts from an interdisciplinary perspective. It particularly unravels how inequalities can be productively conceptualized and explained through contestations that emerge over the control and access to water in cities. Excavating the social power relations behind these contestations becomes imperative for understanding why water inequalities still persist in many cities in the world despite technical and managerial efforts.
!O Comemos o Pagamos! The contradictory character of water supply provision in Medellín, Colombia
While the international community discusses the importance of securing the human right to water during the Seventh Inter-American Dialogue on Water Resource Management (D7), low-income households in Medellín are denied access to this essential resource for non-payment of bills or because they are located in so-called “high-risk” zones. ¡O comemos o pagamos! puts a lens to the invisible everyday practices of low-income households as they attempt to secure access to water in a city of privilege hydrological conditions that owns one of the most efficient water public companies in Latin America.
Directors: Marcela López/Miodrag Kuč
Length: 22 mins
The documentary is based on my 2016 book Paisajes Hídricos Urbanos en Disputa: Agua, Poder y Fragmentación Urbana en Medellín, Colombia [Book Flyer.pdf]