A little known fact about Venezuela is that grandmothers and engineers are at the forefront of the struggle to improve access to water and sanitation in poor neighborhoods. The "technical water tables" or MTAs are at the forefront of this initiative. An innovative experiment in radical urban planning, the MTAs allow beneficiary communities to map their own water and sanitation needs to help to plan state-financed infrastructure development. Because of heavy state investment in water and sanitation infrastructure and this participatory methodology, Venezuela now has 96 percent coverage in potable water, one of the highest rates in the region. These water committees were one of the first participatory initiatives promoted under Venezuela’s Bolivarian Process, which aims to build a protagonistic and participatory democracy as part of the country’s transition towards “21st century socialism.” Despite impressive advances in service access, the MTAs and other popular organizations confront two of the Chávez government’s most daunting adversaries: bureaucracy and corruption.