COVID-19 is a global health pandemic, with major societal and economic consequences. Access to safe water and sanitation services is essential. Efforts to extend WASH services to reach everyone, and maintain service provision throughout and beyond the crisis, will save lives and limit the social and economic fallout.

To support vital peer exchange and partnerships during these difficult times, GWOPA is hosting a series of webinars aimed at supporting utilities by sharing good practice.

Last webinar

This session, jointly convened with GIZ and BMZ, aimed to raise awareness and share experiences on financial liquidity risks for water operators in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. As part of GWOPA’s webinar series, it brought together experts in the water service provision field with water/wastewater utilities from different regions to hear about their challenges, potential solutions, and outlooks on financial solvency to operate sustainably and deliver desired results. In addition, World Bank colleagues spoke on recent findings around utility solvency.


Latest webinar recording

The tracking of COVID-19 brings new relevance to wastewater. Studies on COVID-19 have shown that the virus is shed in faeces and hence collected in the sewerage systems in cities. This webinar will address how wastewater and faecal sludge monitoring can potentially serve as a cost-effective “early-warning” mechanism to identify hotspots.



Outcomes from our previous webinars
Lessons from Beyond the curve
Lessons from Beyond the curve
Slowing the Spread in Slums
Slowing the Spread in Slums
Crisis Management
Crisis Management Strategy






COVID and Wastewater

Forthcoming webinar topics

• Worker wellbeing
• Communication / Engagement with customers
• WOPs in the time of COVID