Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Daniel Suman

Second Committee Member

Richard Weisskoff

Third Committee Member

Elizabeth Anderson


This study provides a look into a small rural municipality in Mexico and analyzes the association between public health and water management. While first touching on the public health aspects of drinking water distribution, the study introduces the specific case of water management in Latin America and specifically Mexico, focusing on the difficulties of distributing clean, potable water. The case study of Miacatlán, Morelos will provide the potential towards investigating how drinking water management involves more than a connection to a water faucet, and how many factors can affect the quality and potability of distributed water, such as management practices, socio-economics and larger political structures. This study will develop how certain water management practices have the potential to raise the quality of distributed drinking water, and subsequently the public health of rural municipalities in Mexico. While clear causality is not to be inferred between management and public health, this study instead underscores the potential benefits from implementing effective water management practices on the local, rural scale.


water; management; mexico; rural; public health