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This paper investigates the critical role of workers to enhance the resilience of water supply
services in cities at war through analyzing the case of Madrid and the Madrid water company
Canales del Lozoya during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). The authors (Santiago Gorostiza, Hug March and David Saurí) argue that securing the protection of vital urban flows mediated through infrastructures is a key objective of cities under attack. They illustrate how ordinary knowledge of the urban geography
of water flows may have important repercussions for the war effort itself.