Assistance Project for the Water Committee of Armenia and its main Structures
Since 8/2021, Sachsen Wasser (SaWa) is supporting a KfW-funded Assistance Projectfor the Water Committee (WAC) of Armenia and its main structures.
The main aim is to support and improve the organisation and capacities of the WAC to implement the water sector strategy and improve the sector development. The water sector in Armenia has been developing dynamically over the last years e.g. seeing the conclusion of Lease Contracts, but structures and capacities for oversight and monitoring of the Lease Contracts, for further sector development and for sustainably managing more than 500 “off-grid” communities (that are unserved by the Lease Contracts) are not yet in line with the needs.
SaWa experts support the WAC with organisational, financial, commercial and technical advisory and training. The venture will support multiple stakeholders directly and indirectly. The project runs for two years.
Yerevan, Ashtarak, Echmiadzin, Armavir
Technical Audit of Lease Contract
SaWa has entered into the last year of the Technical Audit Contract and the fifth contract year of the Lease Contract.
As Independent Technical Auditor, SaWa experts have conducted audit missions in Yerevan, Ashtarak, Echmiadzin and Armavir where facilities, laboratories, as well as the work organisation and equipment were reviewed, and have monitored the performance standards of the Lease Contract. Annual customer satisfaction survey and water quality testing have been conducted, as well.
PERIAGUA III –
Programme for sustainable drinking water supply and sanitation in peri-urban areasrt
PERIAGUA III (GIZ) is linked to the previous pro-gramme PERIAGUA II which was finalised in 7/2019 and PERIAGUA I finalised
in 6/2016. The aim of the new programme is to improve the framework conditions for the security of the drinking water supply and adaptation to climate change in selected cities.
The new PERIAGUA module contributes to the efforts of the Bolivian water sector to improve the resilience and protection of the urban drinking water supply under the influence of climate-related events and climate change as well as from pollution by sewage, and thus to contribute to water security.
Complementary Measures for Sucre IV (KfW)
The main objective is to contribute to ensuring the integral sustainability of the Water Service Operator (ELAPAS) and the infrastructure to be carried out within the framework of the Sucre III and Sucre IV drinking water supply project.
This is subdivided into three components that cover tasks from institutional strengthening and restructuring, commercial and technical aspects such as sale, distribution of drinking water, customer relations, company image, structuring and definition of process indicators, as well as aspects of operation and maintenance, increased labour security.
ETHIOPIA, SUDAN, SOMALIA, UGANDA
UNICEF: R-WASH Programme:
Capacity Building and Support for Water Utility Companies in Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan
The R-WASH Programme for Capacity Building and Support of water utility companies, financed by UNICEF and KfW, comprises 7 sites in four East African countries: Kabasa and Qansaxley in Somalia; Kabribeya, Sheder and Aw-Barre in Ethiopia; Rwamwanja in Uganda and Kasalla in Sudan.
The project is running since 10/2021 and contributes to a sustainable, conflict-sensitive and integrated water and sanitation services supply model, by supporting the improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of the utilities. The local utility companies are supported through financial, technical, commercial and management trainings and advisory. At the end of the project the utilities shall manage their water and sanitation facilities and reach 100 % cost recovery for the targeted refugee/IDP camps and the host communities.
The project started with the mobilisation of the teams and offices the different project sites and the compilation of the Inception Reports. Currently, the works on the baseline values for KPIs and a baseline institutional assessment
are ongoing. SaWa leads this project and cooperates with HYDROPHIL, Austria, and four local companies.
Commercial and technical management
Since 1/2019, SaWa supports the Thuringian water and wastewater association WAZV Mittleres Nessetal in the implementation of public water supply (extraction, storage and distribution of drinking water) and wastewater disposal
(O&M of local sewers, special structures, pumping stations and sewage treatment plants) and the commercial processes.
SaWa supports the removal, transport, treatment and disposal of the sludge accumulating in small sewage treatment plants and in septic tanks in the supply area. Besides the technical O&M, SaWa provides commercial services
(billing and collection) on behalf of the client.
SaWa’s work will enable the Client to operate independently from 2023 onwards.
Kericho, Kisii, Nyamira and Litein
Water and Sanitation Sector Development Program Lake Victoria South: Consulting Services for Accompanying Measures
SaWa continues its engagement in the Accompanyin Measures (AM) for the Water and Sanitation Sector Development Programme, financed by KfW, regarding support measures to the Water Service Providers (WSPs) KEWASCO and GWASCO to improve their performance and to enable sustainable operation of the newly constructed infrastructure. This will improve the water supply and wastewater services for the residents of the serviced areas in Kericho, Kisii, Nyamira and Litein.
Limited mobilisation of experts due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, as well as instability within the utility management, has led to unexpected delays in the start date of planned training activities. With the Accompanying Measures coming to a close in 5/2022, all trainings that were planned for 2020 and 2021 have necessarily been condensed into an intense 4-month long training programme. Modules covering the reduction of nonrevenue water and business planning have already been successfully conducted. Upcoming key trainings will include topics such as the implementation of good corporate
governance, conducting energy audits, procurement training, and financial management training, among others.
In addition to the ongoing training programme, our local partner is working closely with utility management to find solutions to day-to-day organisational and technical problems arising within the utilities. Although the AM Consultancy has been confronted with many unforeseen challenges, SaWa is determined to maximise the remaining time and improve the operational efficiency of KEWASCO and GWASCO.
Sewage Disposal in Southwest Kosovo Programme, Phase IV
SaWa’s consultancy services in Peja have been extended in scope and time, also to cater for lost opportunities during the first
lockdowns during 2020.
SaWa and partners have supported the Regional Water Company Hidrodrini in the preparation and implementation of a number of commercial processes that went along with a considerable enhancement of their ERP/IT system. Also, Hidrodrini has adopted an updated organisational structure as well as human resources (HR) and salary system. Phase 2 of the project started in 06/2021, in which SaWa will concentrate on operational assistance of the staff of the new WWTP (80,000 p.e., commissioned 01.02.22).
Additionally, SaWa will support the Client in updating the sewage sludge strategy and to prepare the set up of District Metered Areas (DMAs); a milestone on Hidrodrini’s long term goal of reducing NRW.
Sewage Disposal in Southwest Kosovo Programme, Phases III and IV
Our consultancy services in Peja have been extended in scope and time, also to cater for lost opportunities during the first lockdowns during 2020.
SaWa and partners have supported the Regional Water Company Hidrodrini in the preparation and implementation of a number of commercial processes that went along with a considerable enhancement of their ERP/IT system, during which several modules and new functionalities have been added. Also, Hidrodrini has adopted an up-dated organisational structure as well as HR and salary system. Despite originally being a wastewater project, additional support was given in NRW and leak detection training, with several field trainings and measurements in different District Metered Areas (DMAs). During Phase 2 of the project, SaWa will concentrate on operational assistance for the new WWTP (80,000 p.e.).
Sewage Disposal in Southwest Kosovo
Activities in Gjakova have entered the sixth project year. A time extension had been agreed with the Client amid intermediate
WWTP construction delays and the implications of the pandemic. In the meantime, the Regional Operator KRU Gjakova has recruited the WWTP staff with the support of SaWa and based on the Operational Concept developed by SaWa previously.
SaWa experts have commenced with training and coaching activities on site. KRU Gjakova was also able to secure a tariff increase with the national Regulator ARRU, including the operational costs expected for the new WWTP.Services will continue throughout 2022.
Detailed Design and Construction Supervision: Accompanying Measure for Water Supply and Sanitation
SaWa continues its engagement in the Programme for Modernisation and Rehabilitation of Municipal Infrastructure Cahul (KfW, EU), concerning the rehabilitation of existing water supply and wastewater infrastructure in the southern town of Cahul on the river Prut, bordering Romania.
The project in Cahul has entered its third project year. Due to the restrictions caused by thestill ongoing Covid pandemic a mixture of remote and on-site trainings is applied. Improvements have been made in the organisational development and staff structure in the water utility, and the utility staff were trained and supported in applying for a tariff increase in accordance with the ANRE regulations. However, the focus in the past year was on the technical area, where a Non-Revenue Water
team was set up and is operational, on-the-job training on operation and maintenance of the water network was conducted, and improvements in the Hydraulic Modelling of the network were achieved.
In preparation for the investment measures from component 5 of the project, 20 LoRaWAN ultrasonic customer meters were installed in the scope of a pilot project accompanied by the Client technical teams and technical requirements for the updates on the business software were prepared. The Client has experienced changes in the top management as in other departments, and SaWa is continuously supporting them in solving these constraints.
Water Supply and Sanitation in Moldova Centre
In 12/2021, SaWa has commenced work on the project Water Supply and Sanitation in Moldova Centre. Within a combined investment and technical assistance programme funded by KfW, SaWa is leading an Accompanying Measures Component to build up capacities at the water utilities in Calarasi and Straseni in Central Moldova.
An initial step will be the formation of corresponding Joint Stock Companies, that shall eventually also serve as Regional Water Operators for their respective rayons. Amid the locally poor groundwater quality, both regions will benefit from the investment project, by receiving higher quality water though a Main Transmission Pipe (MTP), supplied from Chisinau’s
main water source, the Dniester River. SaWa experts are based in Chisinau, which is in fairly close reach of Calarasi and Straseni, and which also enables interaction with the future Operator of the Main Transmission Pipe, Apa Canal Chisinau (ACC). After previous engagements (EBRD Corporate Development Programme for ACC 2015-2016 and the KfW/EU Project in Cahul), this is the third engagement of SaWa in Moldova.
Simiyu Climate Resilience Project
Since 7/2021, SaWa is engaged as a partner in a major water, sanitation and agricultural project in northern Tanzania.
The Simiyu Climate Resilience Programme (SCRP) is co-funded by the Green Climate Fund and KfW and is located in the semi-arid region between Lake Victoria and the Serengeti. Overall investment amounts to 170 Mio EUR, including water intake at Lake Victoria, water treatment, a bulk water line projected to run ca 100 km inland, as well as several urban
and rural water supply, sanitation and climatesmart agricultural measures, mainly within a 24 km corridor along the bulk water line.
SaWa experts are mainly involved in institutional set-up and support to the newly created institutions as well Environmental and Social (E&S) Safeguards. The project is large and inter-disciplinary and requires a good coordination between the overall more than 55 experts. Following previous engagements of SaWa in Tanzania between 2013 and 2017 (Capacity Building 3 Towns/KfW and EWURA Training/GIZ), it is now the third project in the country. The initial phase will run until 8/2025.