Om vattnet kunde tala. En kulturgeografisk studie om sociala dimensioner av dricksvattenhantering med en ingång i klimatförändringar och tvärvetenskap

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet / Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle

Sammanfattning: Drinking water management involves several actors from different occupations from different disciplines over several scales within the Swedish public sector. It also involves individual consumers within continuously growing societies. In addition to this, today's raw water revenues face growing challenges as a consequence of climate change. Mainly it's a question of quality challenges derived from increasing temperature, varying precipitation and additional runoff water which transports waste and byproducts to the revenues contaminating them. Urban expansion is also a main question. Demography also plays a part as it describes the amount of consumers within each municipality.The many aspects of drinking water management described suggest that it requires a more interdisciplinary approach in order to achieve a sustainable state. Our experience was that in scientific literature discussing the drinking water management social science is mentioned to some regard but it is in very broad strokes. This study aimed to identify and examine relevant examples of social dimensions of drinking water management in order to add to the interdisciplinary understanding of the problem area which in turn can add to its sustainable development. In addition to this the study examined what risks and solutions there are to drinking water management as well as variations between different municipalities.To answer the issues semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis was performed. The study involved six interviews. Within the range of these six interviews five different municipalities and seven different actors were covered.In short, aspects such as geographical, demographic, economic and political conditions are decisive factors that influence the municipality's sustainable drinking water management. Examples of identified specifics of social dimensions in drinking water management are inter-municipal cooperation, coordinating arenas such as Göteborgsregionen and dissemination of knowledge across several levels within the public sector as well as externally to societies.

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