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.
This video provides account of activities and efforts by IRC, Water For People, and their partners to reach universal coverage under the WASH Agenda For Change initiative in Kabarole and Kamwenge districts in Uganda.
IRC is a member of the USAID Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Learning Partnership consortium
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with the support of the U.S. Department of State, has partnered with Brazil’s National Water Agency (ANA) and its Geological Survey to conduct training and technical assistance on a variety of water resources management subjects. Both the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are working with USGS on this program, bringing a variety of U.S. Government expertise and resources to the Brazilian partner agencies. This program touches on all of the strategic objectives of the U.S.
This research brief presents findings from a comparative analysis by University of Colorado Boulder of the conditions that influence whether rural water users pay for preventive maintenance of water services. Whave, a partner of the USAID-funded Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS), uses a preventive maintenance model to support sustainable water services in Uganda’s Kamuli District.
Why water infrastructure isn’t always the answer.
Recent USAID post-project evaluations, and other studies, have shown that investments in rural water infrastructure have not resulted in sustained improvements to water services over time. The USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) has been examining how a preventive maintenance approach can make these investments more sustainable.
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USAID is currently implementing the four-year Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP), a unique project opportunity and a foundational investment that not only addresses urban water supply infrastructure needs, but also sets the stage for a community-based and a decentralized approach for water supply management that can foster sustainable operation and maintenance (O&M) for the recommended capital improvements.