Sunday, 28 June 2015 00:00

Enabling Belizean operator to become a regional mentor in The Caribbean

On July 11-12 members of the Cari-WOP and supporting organizations will come together in Miami for a two-day coordination and proposal development meeting.

Representatives from the Belize Water Services (BWS), Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA), Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), and GWOPA, will meet at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) to move forward their actions to strengthen the capacity of Caribbean water utilities through Water Operators’ Partnerships. 

The purpose of this meeting is to develop a framework that will establish BWS into a regional mentor and replicate the best practices gained from the WOP between BWS and CCWD in the Caribbean region. Furthermore, participants will aim to formulate strategies to obtain funding for this replication phase. 

Contributing organizations will share first-hand experience in WOPs activities and draw on this knowledge to ground the project concepts. By focusing on topic areas such as workers safety, operations and maintenance of works, financing, public customer relations and human resources, the aim of increased access to sustainable basic services through initiatives such as WOPs will become a greater reality in this region.

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