One form of cooperation has been steadily growing and evolving in the water sector. Not-for-profit partnerships amongst water operators improve the capacity of operators to provide better, more sustainable services to the citizens. This type of cooperation is known as Water Operators’ Partnerships or “WOPs”. There are various levels of WOPs: north-south/south-south in the region as well as inter-regions. At the same time, there are WOPs amongst national peers.
In Germany, formalized regional water operators associations manage water resources and offer a regional supply for more than 100 years and utilities neighbourhoods share equipment and motivate their operational staff.
The seminar will help advance cooperation at different levels - personal, utility, city and international - through cases of operators’ cooperation activities in the world. The discussion is expected to elaborate the nature of cooperation and explore the possibility of replication/application under different conditions, for the WOPs to serve as a conduit for deeper cooperation.