UN-HABITAT in cooperationwith the Administrative StaffCollege of India (ASCI), Hydera-bad and Singapore UtilitiesInternational Pvt. Ltd (SUI) organ-ised a regional capacity build-ing programme on
“ContinuousWater Supply in Asian Cities”
for senior policy makers andofficials from water utilities andurban local bodies of the partici-pating countries under Waterfor Asian Cities Programme. Thecore objectives of the pro-gramme were:
To provide a comprehensiveperspective on the transforma-tion required to achieve thecontinuous water supplythrough an integration oftechnical, financial, institu-tional, social and communica-tion aspects.
To acquaint participants withinnovative technologies in theareas of leak detection, waterdemand management, waterconservation etc.
To provide a platform foractive exchange of nationaland international good prac-tices in water management.
To enable the participants toformulate a strategic actionplan to achieve and imple-ment the vision of 24/7 watersupply.The programme was conductedin two-phases, keeping in viewthe objectives of the programmewith a special focus on waterProvision of good quality waterand sanitation facilities to allresidents including the poor, is abasic responsibility of serviceproviders. Moreover, it forms acritical component in achievingthe Millennium DevelopmentGoals (MDGs).
Infrastructure capacity, seen asthe "Wheels of Economic Activ- ity" can deliver major benefits ineconomic growth, poverty alle- viation and environmental sus- tainability - only when it providesservices that respond to demand and does so effectively.
Presently, the water and sanita-tion service levels in urban areasof many Asian countries areinadequate and financially un-sustainable, particularly for theurban poor. For cities to achievea world-class public healthstatus, it is imperative that theymove from an intermittent watersupply system to continuous(24/7) water supply. 24-hourswater supply, 7-days a week isan accepted global norm and isprevalent not only in the cities ofdeveloped countries but also inmany cities in less developedcountries. It is significant thatalong with Europe, African and Asian cities like Kampala(Uganda), Singapore, PhnomPenh (Cambodia) and Dhulikel(Nepal) also have ready accessto clean, potable water avail-able 24-hours/day and with lessexpense than currently availablein most other cities of Asia.
Volume III - Issue 1
Regional Capacity Building Training Programme on“Continuous Water Supply in Asian Cities”
HVWSHE Classroom andthe implementation of SESIProject in Jabalpur 2 Task force formed for Water Demand Management 3Urban Environment inButwal Municipality 3Promotion Programme onRainwater Harvesting inKathmandu4
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
“The human right towater entitles eve-ryone to sufficient,safe, acceptable,physically accessi-ble and affordablewater for personaland domestic use”
—U.N. General Comment No.15 on the right to water,2002
“We feel it ourduty to say thathigh-priced wateris not in the inter-est of public health.Pure water in abun-dance, at a pricewithin the reach ofall, is one of themost powerfulagencies for pro-moting the healthof any community”
—North Carolina Board ofHealth, 1898
demand management. Phase Iof the programme was organ-ised for one-week from 27thNovember to 1st December2006 at ASCI followed byPhase II of the programme forone-week from 4th December to8th December 2006 in SUI,Singapore.The participants were exposedto technical, financial, institu-tional, communication and so-cial issues associated with thewater and sanitation sectorthrough interactive sessions,case studies, field visits etc.Modules covered during Phase Iincluded urban water sector andchange management; systemsmanagement; pricing and costrecovery mechanisms; publicprivate partnerships for acceler-ating change; managing thetransition; organisations readi-ness; and redefining relation-ships. Modules covered duringPhase II included holistic ap-proach to manage non-revenuewater; water conservation meas-ures; leak detection techniques;metering concepts; and pressuremanagement etc.UN-HABITAT had sponsored agroup of 20 senior officials fromwater utilities and urban localbodies representing variouscountries / cities participatingunder the Water for Asian CitiesProgramme viz. MadhyaPradesh, India; Nepal; Lao PDR; Vietnam and PR China for theregional capacity building pro-gramme.