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The rural-urban equity nexus of Metro Manila’s water system Torio, Philamer Carlos; Harris, Leila; Angeles, Leonora C.

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This article examines equity concerns and inherent conflicts related to rural-urban water supply allocation and use, with focus on Metro Manila. Going beyond the much-discussed difficulty farmers experience from an allocation policy prioritizing urban water requirements, it shows that inequity in raw water allocation is linked to, and further exacerbated by, inequities in urban domestic water provision. Moreover, it highlights the need for broader equity reviews, using the concept of the rural-urban water equity nexus to draw attention to key equity considerations across space and scale that otherwise might remain invisible.

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