, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 213-214
Date: 15 Nov 2012

Editorial Issue 3 2012

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As is our tradition here at Water History, this third issue of 2012 spans the globe, covering three regions and five centuries. The papers illustrate the ways water has been embedded in a variety of environmental and cultural contexts and the changing values people have placed on the resource. The first two papers focus on approaches and perceptions of urban water supplies. Charisma Acey examines the development of water systems in Benin City, Nigeria, to show how land tenure, residential segregation, and public investment in water supply set the stage for present-day inequality in water access. She focuses on two periods that were integral to the politicization of the city’s water. During the 1930s, colonial authorities began to pump water from the “forbidden river,” Ogba River. This led inhabitants to protest imposed water rates. The commissioning of the Ikpoba Waterworks in the 1980s also raised questions about the water quality. Acey shows how colonial legacies of unequal distribut