Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai
Time Pé (On Time)
Residents of Mumbai receive their daily allocations of water on a schedule that produces “water time” and compels temporalized forms of social activity in the settlements. This chapter is an ethnographic account of how water time is experienced and made viable by three women in different hydraulic and classed locations in the settlement. As water arrives at particular times of day, the schedule determines how and what those delegated to collect water might do with their time. As (mostly) women try and determine how they might arrange their day by the water schedule, a modern bureaucratic water schedule produces gendered and classed subjectivities in the settlements.