Non-Revenue Water Management: Has its Time Finally Come?

Convenor(s):
Inter-American Development Bank;

In one intervention, non-revenue water management allows utilities to expand and improve service, enhance financial performance, make cities more attractive, increase climate resilience and reduce energy consumption. But the benefits that arise from reducing NRW rarely feature as a driving force behind tackling this endemic challenge in developing countries. A World Bank study puts the global estimate of water losses at nearly 49 billion cubic meters each year, enough to supply today, almost twice the number of (mostly poor) people without access to clean water. In a water constrained environment NRW management offers superior cost-effectiveness compared to supply augmentation. Revenues from saved water improve a service providers’ bottom line whilst lower water abstraction increases city resilience. Despite the benefits and decades of training and advocacy from international and industry organizations, NRW reduction receives scant attention amongst those utilities which would most benefit from it – why is that? This workshop will explore the political, financial, technical and market constraints of this under-utilized, but impactful task. Using case studies, the workshop will explore how constraints have been overcome and brainstorm with water experts about a global initiative on scaling up NRW management.

Non-revenue water management allows utilities to expand service, improve performance, increase climate resilience and reduce energy consumption. These benefits rarely feature as a driving force behind tackling this endemic challenge. The workshop will explore the political, financial and market constraints of this high-impact practice drawing on recently compiled global lessons.  The session will close with a global call for partnership.

 

16:00 Welcome
Global Partnership Group: the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and International Water Association

 

16:10 Scale up no drop
Presentation on the South Africa national program on non-revenue water reduction
Sao Paolo’s shift
Presentation on Sabesp’s innovative performance based contract for non-revenue water management

 

16:50 About the Global Program and Partnership Group (WBG)

 

17:00 Panel discussion (IWA, IDB, the World Bank Group, USAID)

 

17:20 Call to action
Launch of a global initiative by senior representatives from the various conveners

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