- 25 Jun
- Category: News
The Australian water industry has highly developed expertise in non-revenue water management, water quality, climate change adaptation, water and energy efficiency, risk management and asset management. WOPs offer a great vehicle for the Australian water sector to share this knowledge and expertise internationally.
Participation by Australia in WOPs is growing, with 7 partnerships in the Asia/Pacific region completed or in progress. Also, the Australian Government Agency for International Development, AusAID has provided support for WOP programs run by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Indonesia and upcoming in the Pacific.
The Australian Water Association (AWA) is Australia’s peak water industry body with a broad membership across the water industry. AWA collaborates with international agencies such as the ADB to promote WOPs to Australian utilities. It does this by communicating upcoming mentor opportunities, encouraging participation, and sharing of information by experienced twins. This includes articles in AWA‘s Water journal written by participating utility staff; seminars promoting involvement at Ozwater, the national water conference; presentations to senior management of utilities; promotional material and messaging; and, importantly, regular contact and encouragement to turn interest into commitment.
For Australian utilities participating in a WOP offers unique staff development experiences, provides an important contribution to corporate social responsibility achievement, develops international connections and raises corporate profile.
AWA is delighted to advocate for greater participation by Australian utilities in WOPs through its networks, relationships and promotional capacity. There is significant potential to grow this participation as new WOPs program in the Pacific is being implemented over the next few years.
Below are some examples of Australian involvement in WOPs:
- City West Water (CWW) is commencing its 4 partnership, this one with Baotou Water Supply Company in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. CWW’s 1 twining was with Cebu in Philippines on non-revenue water*; 2 with Zeng Zhou in China on Asset Management and non–revenue water; and 3 twinning with Eda Ranu, the water authority in Port Moresby, PNG with a focus on Water Quality.
- Yarra Valley Water partnered with Hai Phong in Vietnam, with the focus on Asset Management.
- In January 2011, the ADB commenced the Indonesian Partnership Program financed by AusAID. This involves 7 partnerships.
- The Water Corporation is partnering PDAM Kabupaten Bogor in Indonesia to develop strategies to reduce non-revenue water and improve asset management.
- Hunter Water Australia is partnering the PNG Water Board.
- AWA and Pacific Water and Waste Association (PWWA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to co-operate through collaboration, staff secondments, communication, undertaking joint projects and capacity building initiatives. This includes promoting WOPs between Australia and the Pacific, Association Twinning and training/professional development opportunities.
* The Case Study on this WOP is available from here.