Miércoles, 26 Agosto 2015 00:00

¿Qué son los WOPs?

Los Partenariados entre Operadores de Agua (WOPs en sus siglas en inglés) son partenariados de ayuda mutua entre operadores de agua y saneamiento.

Martes, 18 Agosto 2015 02:00

Case Studies & Factsheets

A collection of good WOPs practice from across the globe.

Barcelona has been inhabited since the prehistoric time and its people have always had to source water and wetlands to establish their settlements.

Martes, 15 Julio 2014 02:00

WOP Mexico Activities

Since the creation of the National WOP Platform in Mexico, hosted by ANEAS, activities in the country have grown and now include WOPs between Mexican operators and with other international operators.

Martes, 21 Julio 2015 02:00

How are WOPs effective

WOPs focus on building the resident capacity of water operator staff, rather than ‘doing it for them’.

“Wastewater has featured heavily in the discussions on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water.

Stories of access to drinking water still dominate the water sector’s news coverage and sanitation often feels like the forgotten, and less sexy, ‘s’ in wash. Unlike access to water, the Millennium Development Goal on Sanitation has not, and will not, be met this year. In real terms this means some 2.4 billion people are still without access to a decent toilet, equivalent to twice the population of India.

The good news is that countries are starting to realize that truly sustainable economic growth must be accompanied by a well-managed water cycle, from resource management to water quality and wastewater treatment.

During the 3rd Global WOPs Congress in Barcelona, a thematic session will be dedicated to sanitation and wastewater and the actors that provide this essential service. The session is co-organized by GWOPA and SIAAP, and will feature prominent actors and sanitation operators to discuss the challenges and prospects in the Post-2015 period and highlight the potential for WOPs. This session, along with the other thematic and plenary session will raise the following questions with actors on the ground and other stakeholders.

  • What are the challenges of providing sanitation services?
  • Does urbanization raise new challenges and opportunities for operators?
  • Can WOPs or SWOPs (sanitation WOPs) help?
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History of urban sanitation

As early as the Roman times some sanitation systems were already in place. This allowed for large numbers of people to safely live in cities established accross the empire but most clearly seen in Rome, where some of the structures are still visible today.

As one of the first countries to experience rapid industrialization, the United Kingdom experienced the disastrous combination of urbanization and inadequate water treatment systems. The results were various cholera epidemics and what came to be known as the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858, an unpleasant and dangerous period where the principle waste disposal route, the Themes, was overflowing with human waste.

Sanitation and Cities

Today, our cities generate over 2 billion tons of municipal waste; this is predicted to double over the next 15 years according to UN-Habitat's Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities. Disposing of this waste is a challenge but also a opportunity and there are already innovative operators using waste to create energy.

Sanitation is not only strongly linked to questions of public health but also education, climate change adaptation and gender equity. As we have seen recently in Nepal and Haiti, in the wake of natural disasters, ensuring sanitation is essential to avoid the spread of disease.


Lunes, 09 Marzo 2015 01:00


2015 waterlinksAbout WaterLinks WaterLinks began in 2008 as a platform for Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) in Asia established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Water Association (IWA), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2011, WaterLinks was incorporated in the Philippines as an independent non-profit organization. Recognized as the only experienced regional organization for the design and implementation of Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) in Asia, WaterLinks catalyzes efficiency improvements to enhance and expand access to urban water and sanitation services. Principal WaterLinks activities are: • WOPs support and facilitation; • Regional capacity building program development (e.g. training, toolkits, manuals, studies); and • Knowledge management and networking Governing bodies/ structure (max 50 words): Vision and Mission (100 words): WaterLinks Mission: “Catalyze measurable change in the delivery of safe water and sustainable sanitation urban services” More about WaterLinks

13 years after the initial collaboration, the WOP between ONEE (Morocco) and SIAAP (France) still ongoing.

GWOPA has launched a global call to utilities and the general public to share pictures of utility hole covers in their regions. 

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