GWOPA Helps Water Operators Help One Another

Having access to water and sanitation services is a basic feature of a healthy and fulfilling life. Most people on the planet take these services for granted, but for hundreds of millions of people, they are inadequate or absent.

The majority of the world’s population relies on public water operators for water and sanitation. However many of these local providers struggle to provide services that meet basic standards of quality, access and affordability.

Water quality is declining, and water scarcity now affects 40% of the global population. The freshwater ecosystems that sustain water services are under threat; many utilities rely on diminishing sources of water, while water is wasted in pipes and through lack of recycling and treatment. Consumption patterns are aggravating disparities and the potential for conflict around water.

But water operators can help one another.

The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) A helps water operators help one another to provide quality services to all. The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) is an international network created in 2009 to support water operators through Water Operator’s Partnerships (WOPs). WOPs are peer support exchanges between two or more water operators, carried out on a not-for-profit basis with the objective of strengthening operators’ capacity and performance to provide a better service to more people.