Energy Efficiency

  • Represenatives from the Compañía Salteña de Agua y Saneamiento (Aguas del Norte) in Argentina and the Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Distrito Federal (Caesb) in Brazil met for the first time in 2010 during a workshop organized in Colombia to identify strengths and weaknesses of utilities in the region and look for ways for them to help one another.

  • imgbatch3 66Three-page brief on electricity  from treatment by-products reducing operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions as part of the case study of capturing biogas at Western Treatment Plant and reusing it as a renewable energy source. The document answers how to harvest otherwise wasted energy, the power of partnership, outputs, benefits for users and environment, and future plans.

  • Proof factsheet 1Aguas del Norte and Caesb decided to start a Water Operators´ Partnership, a not-for-profit peer exchange to support the capacity development in the mentee operators (Aguas del Norte). The initial focus for the WOP was energy efficiency however building on this success, the operators decided to extend their partnership and focus on metering, tariffs, IT systems and wastewater treatment. 

    Representatives from the Compañía Salteña de Agua y Saneamiento (Aguas del Norte) in Argentina and the Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Distrito Federal (Caesb) in Brazil met for the first time in 2010 during a workshop organized in Colombia to identify strengths and weaknesses of utilities in the region and look for ways for them to help one another. At the time, the Argentinian utility, in a dry mountainous sector of the country, was struggling to reduce its energy bills, while the Brazilians had some recent good experience in the area.

    Over the initial years, the Argentinian operator saved over 100,000 USD owing to energy efficiency measures and is working on introducing more effective metering and billing methods. The total cost of the initial phase of the partnership was just over 47,000 USD, with 32,000 USD provided by the Inter-American Development Bank and the remaining third covered by the operators themselves.

    Wildener Rodovalho, IT Project leader at Caesb said, "The WOP is very important for our company because we learn other processes, working methods, ways to save money...and for us, it is very nice to be able to talk about our work, to share how we are growing, to help other utilities.¨
    Although the WOP helped Aguas del Norte make important operational changes and cost savings, it also helped the team make the most of existing resources to improve their service. Today, the two operators continue working together.

    BEWOP (Boosting the effectiveness of Water Operators´ Partnerships) is a 5-year research, operational support and outreach initiative aimed at boosting the effectiveness of Water Operators' Partnerships around the world. Launched in September 2013, BEWOP is a collaboration between leading water sector capacity development instituted, UNESCO-IHE, and GWOPA, the organization leading the global WOPs movement. This factsheet is part of a series summarizing WOPs cases being studied in order to draw lessons and guide better practice.

  • Proof Factsheet 3Partners focused on six priority areas following a dynamic and participatory diagnosis, which resulted in an ambitious one-year work plan. The management of the WOP was informal however followed the initial plan. Classroom and on the job training, frequent remote exchanges and operational assistance visits allowed for the expected objectives to be achieved. This inclusive and novel approach was conductive to rapid change and progress.

  • BEWOP narrative 2

    The present report describes the WOP between the Office National de l’Électricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE, the national water, sanitation and electricity utility for Morocco) headquartered in Rabat, Morocco, and the Syndicat Interdépartemental pour l’Assainissement de l’Agglomération Parisienne (SIAAP, the sanitation utility of greater Paris), France. This ongoing partnership, which began in 2002, aims to strengthen the technical and organisational capacity of ONEE through training and exchange with SIAAP.

  • BEWOP narrative 1The present report analyses the Water Operators’ Partnership (WOP) between the Compañía Salteña de Agua y Saneamiento S.A. (Aguas del Norte), located in the province of Salta, Argentina, and the Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Distrito Federal (Caesb), located in the federal district of Brasília, Brazil (see Map). In this WOP, Aguas del Norte is the recipient partner or mentee, while Caesb is the mentor utility. The partnership aims to strengthen technical and organisational capacity of Aguas del Norte through knowledge sharing with Caesb.

  • BEWOP narrative 3The present report analyses the Water Operators’ Partnership between the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), headquartered in Suva, Fiji, and Hunter Water Australia (HWA), located in Newcastle, Australia (see Map). WAF is the mentee partner, while HWA is the mentor utility. The partnership aims to build hands-on knowledge and share working methods to rapidly improve water service performance.

  • Aguas del Norte and Caesb decided to start a Water Operators´ Partnership, a not-for-profit peer exchange to support the capacity development in the mentee operators (Aguas del Norte). The initial focus for the WOP was energy efficiency however building on this success, the operators decided to extend their partnership and focus on metering, tariffs, IT systems and wastewater treatment.

    Representatives from the Compañía Salteña de Agua y Saneamiento (Aguas del Norte) in Argentina and the Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Distrito Federal (Caesb) in Brazil met for the first time in 2010 during a workshop organized in Colombia to identify strengths and weaknesses of utilities in the region and look for ways for them to help one another. At the time, the Argentinian utility, in a dry mountainous sector of the country, was struggling to reduce its energy bills, while the Brazilians had some recent good experience in the area.

    Over the initial years, the Argentinian operator saved over 100,000 USD owing to energy efficiency measures and is working on introducing more effective metering and billing methods. The total cost of the initial phase of the partnership was just over 47,000 USD, with 32,000 USD provided by the Inter-American Development Bank and the remaining third covered by the operators themselves.

    Wildener Rodovalho, IT Project leader at Caesb said, "The WOP is very important for our company because we learn other processes, working methods, ways to save money...and for us, it is very nice to be able to talk about our work, to share how we are growing, to help other utilities.¨
    Although the WOP helped Aguas del Norte make important operational changes and cost savings, it also helped the team make the most of existing resources to improve their service. Today, the two operators continue working together.

    BEWOP (Boosting the effectiveness of Water Operators´ Partnerships) is a 5-year research, operational support and outreach initiative aimed at boosting the effectiveness of Water Operators' Partnerships around the world. Launched in September 2013, BEWOP is a collaboration between leading water sector capacity development instituted, UNESCO-IHE, and GWOPA, the organization leading the global WOPs movement. This factsheet is part of a series summarizing WOPs cases being studied in order to draw lessons and guide better practice.

  • wop europe

    This is series 1 of 2 for the 6 Greek Municipality involved in the WOP, which aims to maximize existing infraestructure

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    wop europe

    This is series 2 of 2 for the 6 Greek Municipality which aims to  improve operational aspects and business plans 

     

  • wop africa

    This WOP offer technical and management assistance for the drinking water infrastructure in Mozambique.

  • wop europe

    This is 1 of 2 series for the 5 Greek Island Municupalities involved in the WOP which aims to maximize infraestructure

  • wop europe

    This is 2 of 2 series for the 5 Greek Island Municipalities involved in the WOP which aims to maximize infraestructure

  • wop europe

    This is series 1 of 3, for the 9 operators, which aims to maximize existing infraestructure

  • wop europe

    This is series 2 of 3, for the 9 operators which aim to maximize existing infrastructure

  • wop europe

    This is series 3 of 3, for the 9 operators which aims to maximize existing infrastructure

  • wop latam

    El segundo memorando de entendimiento firmado entre las partes, basado en actividades anteriores, se centró en cuatro pistas principales de mejora: medición, tarifas, sistemas informáticos, tratamiento de aguas residuales para el período 2012-2013.

    Del 2 de Noviembre de 2016 al 1 de Noviembre de 2017, la empresa Aguas del Norte, continuando con su proceso constante de búsqueda de tecnologías que le permitan mejorar los procesos de gestión, producción y eficiencia, recibirá el apoyo de CAESB para realizar un Estudio de Optimización en Plantas Depuradoras. El objetivo del hermanamiento será el de evaluar la posibilidad de incluir el tratamiento anaeróbico (UASB) en sus plantas de tratamiento de cloacas.

  • wop latamIn 2013, Compañía Salteña de Agua y Saneamiento S.A. (Aguas del Norte) expressed its interest in collaborate through WOP partnership with Aguas Santafesinas S.A. (ASSA), with the main goal of stablishing a strong link to share knowledge, in which both are mentors and mentees, to improve the management and water operation. Both companies are active participants in WOP-LAC.

  • wop latamThe first memorandum of understanding signed in 2010 formalised IDB's commitment to providing funds to put the partnership on track. According to this agreement, the primary objective of the partnership during this period was to support Aguas del Norte in developing its energy efficiency plan (e.g. including resource optimisation and autonomous energy production). The reduction and treatment of algae blooms in surface water sources as well as the disposal of wastewater treatment residue were also on the agenda. Period of implementation 2010–2012.

  • wop latamThe lack of experience and knowledge of Asociación Hondureña de Prestadores del Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento (AHPSAS), in economic, financial and operational fields, and given the long experience of its partner Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Agua y Saneamiento de México (ANEAS) with willingness to cooperate, led them to organize, with the support of WOP-LAC, a partnership to meet and extrapolate ANEAS way of functioning to its Honduran partner. Hence, the capacity development, improving the management and strengthen knowledge of companies providing water service in Honduras, considering efficiency and accuracy goals, are the main goals.