A Job Machine Powered by Water
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The water tower in the urban district of Machabaya, in the south-eastern part of the city of Arequipa, is a tall cylindrical construction, about 8 metres in diameter. The water tower is connected to the ground by two thick metal tubes, through these, water is pumped up from the underground. Rosa is one of three urban dwellers employed by the regional government to switch the pump on and off in the water tower. The water tower is fairly new, inaugurated in 2010. The copper mining company Cerro Verde financed the drillings, and the regional government of Arequipa financed the infrastructure as well as the operation and daily functioning of the water tower. The water tower assembles material and human efforts, it assembles public service, water governance, private and public investment and intervention, making urban life possible in a place with no surface water, and hence facilitating quotidian well-being.