ABSTRACT

Irrigation channels criss-cross the Andes, bringing water to the dry soils of the peasant's fields. To obtain water, people must deal not only with the amount of water and the physical terrain, but also with concerns of others and matters of the social terrain. Authority and legitimacy of water politics are therefore technologies of water management that are just as important as the very irrigation channels through which the water runs or the disperser that sprinkles the crops with the much-needed water in times of dry skies. Technologies of water must therefore include the administrative regalia that surround the governance of water. The flows of water are contingent on the abilities of the presidency of the Irrigation User's Committee not only to organize labour parties, but also to communicate their needs to the relevant authorities. Consequently, the management of the irrigation channel could be recorded and formalized through the book and the community.