The Notion of the Global Water Crisis and Urban Water Realities

  • Antje Bruns
  • Fanny Frick
Part of the Springer Water book series (SPWA)


The global water crisis is often alluded to in scientific papers and geo-political discourse. However, the lack of a proper definition of what the term ‘water crisis’ means has been routinely overlooked, as much as are the reasons why it is assumed to be truly global in nature. Such generalisations and simplifications in both science and policy alike may lead to governance responses that are not fully applicable. In the following chapter we examine the relation between initially framing a problem (water crisis), and introducing policies and management principles that reflect such a situation. We will start by exploring the emergence of global water crisis in the 1990s. We then contrast these findings by examining how the urban water crisis in Accra, Ghana has worsened over time, although there is enough water to go round. We conclude with a plea that crucial socio-political perspectives within hydrology be reinforced, since these are the very factors—occurring within different spatio-temporal scales—that are often overlooked in research into water-related global change.


Urban Water Integrate Water Resource Management Water Sector Water Security Water Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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