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PIMENTEL-EQUIHUA, José Luis; VELAZQUEZ-MACHUCA, Martha A.  and  PALERM-VIQUEIRA, Jacinta. Local and social management capacities for domestic water supply in rural communities in Valle de Zamora, Michoacán, México. agric. soc. desarro [online]. 2012, vol.9, n.2, pp.107-121. ISSN 1870-5472.

In this study, local capacities for domestic water management in rural communities in Zamora, Michoacán, are shown. The recognition of these community experiences becomes important within the scope of discussion about reaches and limitations of centralization and decentralization of the water resource. Local capacities are analyzed through well-known components in community management, such as: government and administration, water distribution, operating personnel, vigilance and monitoring, accountability, self-financing ability, and social equity criteria. In organization of the community systems studied the following stand out: minimum bureaucracy, self-financing ability, and simple and timely rules for managing the water resource with a degree of social equity. These elements support the argument of the need for a greater legal recognition of self-managing capacities in rural communities for the integral and sustainable management of drinking water.

Keywords : local knowledge; drinking water management; México; social participation.

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