The datafication of water infrastructure and its implications for (il)legible water consumers

F.I. Hoefsloot*, Christine Richter, J. Martínez, K. Pfeffer

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Abstract

Redevelopments of Lima’s water infrastructure aim to reduce inequalities in water consumption, connections, and coverage by implementing data technologies and claim to make urban water management more efficient. However, little research has been done on how the city’s hydrosocial geography is shaped by the increasing use of data for the supervision and control of its water infrastructure. This article analyzes the datafication of Lima’s water infrastructure as the interplay between different legibility-making practices to understand how the use of multiple, interoperable and real-time data sources, shapes the hydrosocial geography of the city as well as the relationship between Lima’s main provider of water and sewerage services (SEDAPAL) and urban water consumers across three scales: newly urbanized areas, water sectors, and households. We conclude that, in an already unequal urban landscape, the datafication strategically (re)structures the relationship between SEDAPAL, as a state organization managing the water infrastructure, and Lima’s residents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-751
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Geography
Volume44
Issue number4
Early online date28 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Water infrastructure
  • Smart urbanism
  • Legibility making
  • Datafication
  • Lima
  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE
  • ITC-HYBRID

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