Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Research article
23 Apr 2021
Research article |  | 23 Apr 2021

Controlling water infrastructure and codifying water knowledge: institutional responses to severe drought in Barcelona (1620–1650)

Santiago Gorostiza, Maria Antònia Martí Escayol, and Mariano Barriendos


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (20 Jul 2020) by Andrea Kiss
AR by Santiago Gorostiza on behalf of the Authors (23 Oct 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Nov 2020) by Andrea Kiss
RR by Mar Grau-Satorras (01 Dec 2020)
RR by Inês Amorim (03 Dec 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 Jan 2021) by Andrea Kiss
AR by Santiago Gorostiza on behalf of the Authors (24 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (25 Jan 2021) by Andrea Kiss
Short summary
How did cities respond to drought during the 17th century? This article studies the strategies followed by the city government of Barcelona during the severely dry period from 1620 to 1650. Beyond the efforts to expand urban water supply sources and to improve the maintenance of the system, the city government decided to compile knowledge about water infrastructure into a book and to restrict access to it. This management strategy aimed to increase the city's control over water.