Taken from WaterLinks.org
WaterLinks was proud to unveil and recognize the winners of the WaterLinks Awards 2015 during the 3rd Global Water Operators’ Partnerships (GWOPA) Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, on 16 September 2015. The WaterLinks Awards, which is now on its 5th year, recognises outstanding and exemplary achievement of a water operator partnership (WOP) in improving operational efficiency. The awards have two categories: (1) for outstanding achievement based on outcomes and impacts given to WOPs that have achieved tangible outputs in terms of expanded or improved service delivery; and (2) for scale up and replication of service delivery given to WOPs that clearly demonstrate scale up and replication initiatives.
For outstanding achievement based on outcomes and impacts, the WaterLinks Award was given to the WOP between Nepal’s Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS) – specifically its Central Human Resource Development Unit (CHRDU) and the Lekhnath Small Town Water Supply and Users Committee (LSTWSSUC) – as recipient, and Maynilad Water Services through the Maynilad Water Academy, as mentor. The WOP resulted in the establishment of the National Water Supply and Sanitation Training Center equipped with a water laboratory and a meter test bench. Further, 10 district metered areas were established and a NRW management program was insitutionalised.
For scale up and replication, the WaterLinks Award was given to the WOP between PDAM KOTA Denpasar of Bali Indonesia (mentee) and Ranhill Water Utilities of Malaysia (mentor) for its work on NRW management and expanding services by connecting poor households to the water supply system. The WOP led to the creation of a NRW Control Department with an active leak detection team provided with the appropriate training and equipment to manage NRW. A unique feature of the WOP is the partnership with Borouge which provided a grant for the replacement of 2.8 kilometers of pipelines enabling the provision of water supply to 600 households.
Officers and representatives from each of the four recognized utilities accepted their plaques, presented to them by WaterLinks Senior Partnership Coordinator Yolanda Gomez and UN Habitat’s immediate past Director for Donor Relations, Bert Diphoorn.