ABSTRACT

In contemporary western societies, water is almost invisible. It is vital to our daily lives, yet so readily obtained and so quickly disposed of that we give it little thought. Rain may prompt a change of attire, but, except in extreme events, it impinges little on our lives. In many respects the invisibility of water is a symptom of the ‘success’ of water management. We have long delegated the roles of obtaining clean water, of draining our streets and of disposing of dirty water to experts who are so good at their job that we don't even see them doing it. In this respect, we are disconnected from the systems that make our everyday life possible.