Infrastructure

Report

Mobilizing Additional Funds for Pro-Poor Water Services

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goal for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030 requires utilities serving the poorest households to play critical roles. Yet these utilities are frequently unable to cover their current operational costs, much less expand access, through existing tariffs and transfers. New models and approaches are needed to identify new sources of sustainable subsidies for these utilities.

Report

Water Operator Partnership on Hydraulic Modeling Between Cagayan de Oro Water District and Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

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.

Report

Integrating Green and Gray: Creating Next Generation Infrastructure

A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience. In this report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute, both organizations are calling for green infrastructure, such as mangroves and wetlands, to play a bigger role in traditional infrastructure planning. Integrating nature into mainstream infrastructure systems can produce lower cost and more resilient services.

Report

Alternative Financing for Water Utilities in Indonesia: A Review of Lessons and Challenges

When this report was released, public infrastructure investment— including and especially in the water sector—was at a virtual standstill in Indonesia. In that context, one of the targets of the Environmental Services Program (ESP) was to increase access to sustainable financing for water utilities in Indonesia. Toward this end, ESP has embarked on a number of strategies to explore alternative sources of financing and encourage new investment.

Water Currents

Water Currents: WASH in Health Care Facilities

In celebration of World Health Day on April 7—the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual campaign day highlighting priority health concerns—this issue of Water Currents focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities (HCF), a topic that is gaining wider interest and support. This year’s theme is universal health coverage, which means that all people and communities have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

Webinar

Designing for Sustainability: Bringing Citywide Inclusive Sanitation to Ethiopia

The USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) held this webinar on March 28, 2019 to discuss efforts to improve sanitation infrastructure and service delivery in the rapidly growing town of Debre Birhan in Ethiopia. SWS is working with local actors in Debre Birhan to strengthen the local system for sanitation service delivery, along with the World Bank, which is providing substantial new sanitation infrastructure investment as part of its Ethiopia Second Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project.

Report

A Water Infrastructure Audit of Kitui County

In Kitui County, Kenya, an information gap exists on water coverage and quality of water service delivery for a large segment of the county population. To fill this gap, the Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) supported the University of Oxford to undertake a water audit in seven sub-counties from November to December 2017. The water audit located major rural water infrastructure and collected information on installation and operational performance to inform county planning, investment, institutional development, and dialogue on sustainability.