Goal 6.1: Universal and equal access to drinking water at an affordable price (II)

Goal 6.1: Universal and equal access to drinking water at an affordable price (II)
2011. Stealing of drinking water from a distribution tank in marginal areas of el Valle de La Sabana, Colonia La Frontera, Acapulco (Estado de Guerreo, México). Foto: José Luis Armayor © José Luis Armayor

Goal 6.1: Universal and equal access to drinking water at an affordable price (II)

The second case shows the illegality and marginality of life for many people in el Valle de la Sabana, together with a lack of access to a distribution network for the region, although the Federal Government of Mexico and the State of Guerreo provide social subsidies for water according to income. The situation is made worse by the fatal problems of security in this region, which means that the possible beneficiaries of this service refuse to reveal their incomes. The end result is that many of the people who live in the area don’t access this help and so, it is common practice to illegally take water from tanks like those in the photo.

The combination of affordable prices and adjustments to ability to pay (even free in cases of extreme poverty), and the arrival of water supplies to these marginal regions which was put in place after construction of the infrastructure proposed in the FCAS programme, all of this