The Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) was formed on 1 August 1973 and is recognized as the first water district in the country. It is responsible for providing water supply to Cagayan De Oro City and the Municipality of Opol, and has about 85,000 customers. Like many water utilities in developing Asia, COWD is confronted by issues related to water losses and inadequate supply largely due to system inefficiencies and an ever increasing population. Staff capacity is also limited further adding to the challenge of operating a complex water network.
Understanding the behavior of its distribution network through hydraulic modeling will allow COWD to convert intermittent supply and improve overall pressure. A GIS will further enable COWD to better manage its supply system by integrating a broad collection of information such as asset and customer location, water flow, pressure, water losses, etc. With assistance from USAID’s Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) project, a Water Operators Partnership (WOP) was implemented to develop the capacity of COWD in the creation of a hydraulic model, the design of a pressure management prog