The 2010 Global Water Awards:Water Efficiency Project of the Year

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For the project completed during 2009 that demonstrates the greatest contribution towards improving water efficiency.

Instituting Water Demand Management (IDARA), Jordan

What is it?
A wide-ranging programme of water demand management initiatives aimed at driving down water usage in one of driest countries on Earth.

Who is responsible?
The Water Demand Management Unit of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, with the support of USAID and Development Alternatives Inc.

What makes it special?
* Jordan is not just short of water, it is short of money. It will not be able to meet the needs of its growing population through big engineering projects alone. It must also engage every citizen directly in its water conservation efforts. The IDARA programme does this through water policy, regulations, institutional support, technology, best management practice, education and outreach. It is possibly the largest and most comprehensive demand reduction initiative in the world.
* Examples of savings include a 40% reduction in water demand from new high-rise developments in Amman as a result of the implementation of a new advisory building code, and a 15%-20% reduction in water demand from residential areas involved in the IDARA outreach programme.
* Private sector companies such as HSBC have become partners in the initiative, supporting water conservation projects.

McKinsey and the IFC: Charting our Water Future

What is it?
A new holistic approach to increasing water availability in India, China, South Africa and Brazil which assesses the cost and scope of all the available techniques of conservation, efficiency improvement and production.

Who is responsible?
Management consultants McKinsey & Co. prepared the report on behalf of the International Finance Corporation (a division of the World Bank).

What makes it special?
* This is the first time anyone has analysed every possible alternative for reducing demand or increasing supply for agriculture, industry and domestic use, and put a volume and a price on each one. The result is remarkably empowering for policymakers looking for the lowest-cost solution to water scarcity.
* On the face of it, the report is a roadmap to the lowest-cost water resources, but the underlying theme is to push governments towards implementing a revolution in water resources management that could bring about a step change in water efficiency around the world.
* High-profile support from the World Bank and leading private companies has ensured that the report’s recommendations are being taken seriously at the highest level by governments around the world.

Manila Water NRW Strategy,Philippines

What is it?
A strategy to address leakage, illegal connections and water theft, which combines social action as well as engineering best practice.

Who is responsible?
Manila Water, the private company which has been managing water services in the east zone of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, since 1997.

What makes it special?
* Non-revenue water has been reduced from a high of 63% in 1997 to a record low of 14% in 2009, while the population served has doubled in size to six million, and customer satisfaction has increased from 3% to nearly 100%.
* Management of the network was divided into 255 demand management zones, with territorial managers accountable for local performance. It is through their engagement with the communities they serve, and the introduction of the Tubig Para Sa Barangay programme to provide water to the urban poor, that the problem of illegal connections has been largely eliminated.
* On the engineering side, there has been a massive pipe replacement programme, with over 3,000km of pipes replaced. The 2009 NRW figure was achieved after a major network clean-up, the removal of abandoned service pipes, the installation of pressure-reducing valves and the rehabilitation of old and rusted pipes.

Sebokeng/Evaton Advanced Pressure Management Project, South Africa

What is it?
A five-year non-revenue water reduction programme serving the townships of Sebokeng and Evaton in the Guteng region of South Africa. The programme was completed in 2009.

Who is responsible?
The programme has been executed as a public-private partnership between Miya Water’s WRP Consulting Engineers and the Emfuleni municipality.

What makes it special?
* Before the project was put in place, the Sebokeng/Evaton water system lost around 80% of the water supplied, mostly at night through household plumbing fittings. By introducing an advanced pressure management scheme to reduce pressure in the network at times of low demand, the project delivered savings of over 50 million m3, valued at $20 million over five years.
* The project was financed on the basis of a novel public-private partnership. WRP earned a fee for the work, calculated as 15% of the reduction in the amount the municipality had to pay its bulk water supplier.
* The project enabled the municipality to redirect a proportion of its savings to upgrading old infrastructure, while the community enjoyed savings on its water bills.