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GALINDO ESCAMILLA, Emmanuel  and  PALERM VIQUEIRA, Jacinta. Toma de decisiones y situación financiera en pequeños sistemas de agua potable: dos casos de estudio en El Cardonal, Hidalgo, México. Región y sociedad [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.54, pp.261-298. ISSN 1870-3925.

This article compares two types of organizations which manage small water supply systems: one a consumer committee and the other an operating agency.The objective is to compare decision-making processes and financial situations between the two case studies: San Miguel Tlazintla and El Cardonal. In the first case study, operation and maintenance is in the hands of the consumers through an elected Committee, and the consumers establish the fees for service. In the second case study, the water system is managed by a Governance Committee and a General Manager who hire and direct the operational and administrative staff. Results show that the consumer committee covers all its costs through service fees, whereas the operating agency receives municipal subsidies.

Keywords : rural drinking water; community management; consumer committee.

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