Ecological Crisis and Water Supply

The Case of Andalusia in the Spanish Hydrological Context


This book analyses the origin and evolution of the water supply service in Andalusia (southern Spain) between 1800 and 2020 from several perspectives. It does so from a historical perspective, to understand the evolution of the service over the years; from an economic perspective, as it is very useful to obtain an overview of the level of efficiency of the service; from a legislative perspective, as the regulatory framework of each era determines the models of management and provision of the service; and, finally, from an ecological and environmental perspective, of great importance in the New Water Culture and the protection of this resource. The volume's main objective is to contribute to the extension of knowledge and analysis of the processes of municipalisation and/or privatisation of this service in Andalusia, with the aim of providing those responsible for local governments and administrations, both political and technical, with useful reflection and illustrative information on the use of municipalisation and/or privatisation as instruments for the reform of the local public sector.

Contributors are: María Ana Bernardo, Ana Cardoso de Matos, José Escalante Jiménez, Antonio Rafael Fernández-Paradas, Mercedes Fernández-Paradas, Leticia Gallego Valero, Víctor Manuel Heredia-Flores, Carlos Larrinaga, Nuria Magaldi, Alberte Martínez-López, Juan Manuel Matés-Barco, Jesús Mirás Araujo, Encarnación Moral Pajares, Jesús Raúl Navarro García, Nuria Rodríguez Martín, and María Vázquez-Fariñas.

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Juan Manuel Matés-Barco, Ph.D. in History (1997), University of Granada, is Professor of Economic and Business History at the University of Jaen. Director of the journal Agua y Territorio/Water and Landscape. Head Researcher of the Group of Historical Studies on Enterprise (Grupo de Estudios Históricos sobre la Empresa).

María Vázquez-Fariñas, Ph.D. in Social and Legal Sciences (2017), University of Cadiz, is Lecturer in Economic History at the University of Malaga. She has published on the economic and business history of 19th-century Cadiz and the development of public services in contemporary Spain.
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1 Water Supply Management in Andalusia
Juan Manuel Matés-Barco
2 An Incessant Thirst: The Water Market in a Dried-Up Southern European Country, Spain 1985–2022
Jesús Mirás Araujo and Nuria Rodríguez Martín
3 Between Private and Public: Water Supply Infrastructures in Portugal in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
An Attempted Comparison with Spain
Maria Ana Bernardo and Ana Cardoso de Matos
4 Public Health, Sanitary Movement and Public Water Supply Services in the Nineteenth Century: the Cases of England and Spain
Nuria Magaldi
5 Water Supply in the City of Cadiz in the Nineteenth Century: The Cadiz Water Works Company Limited
María Vázquez-Fariñas
6 The Improvement of the Water Supply Infrastructures in Antequera (1818–1932)
José Escalante-Jiménez, Mercedes Fernández-Paradas and Carlos Larrinaga
7 Foreign Companies, Public Intervention, and Ecological Crisis: Water in Seville, 1871–1959
Alberte Martínez-López
8 The New Supply of Potable Water in Malaga (Spain) in the 1920s: a Sustainable System?
Víctor Manuel Heredia-Flores
9 Water Supply in the El Aljarafe District (Seville Province, Spain): a Historical Perspective
Jesús Raúl Navarro-García
10 The “Price” of Water in Andalusia: an Approach to the Tariff Systems of the Domestic Water Supply Service
María José Vargas-Machuca Salido
11 Research on Wastewater Taxes: an Essential Contribution to Improving Environmental Management
Leticia Gallego-Valero, Encarnación Moral-Pajares and Isabel María Román-Sánchez
12 The Symbolic Configuration of Andalusian Rivers: Iconography and Artistic Values
Antonio Rafael Fernández-Paradas and Rubén Sánchez Guzmán

Researchers in the field of the Sustainable Development Goals and, specifically, water studies. University lecturers, PhD and students in Economics, Business Administration and Management, Finance and Accounting, and Law, among others.
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