Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 13 Nov 2012

Project Name Capacity Development for Non-Revenue Water Reduction
Country Sri Lanka
Project/Program Number 45148-003
Status Approved
Geographical Location
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services
Subsector Water Supply and Sanitation
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance8206Water Financing Facility - Multidonor TF200

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


Though 95% of Colombo is covered by piped water supply system, it suffers from low pressure and system fluctuation, intermittent supply and very high levels of non-revenue water (NRW) averaged at around 49%. The recently approved Multitranche Finance Facility for Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Management Improvement Investment Program (the Investment Program) has a special focus to help Sri Lanka address the severe NRW problem in Colombo. The proposed small-scale capacity development technical assistance (the S-CDTA) will help the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) develop its own NRW reduction capability to address the concern effectively.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Improved water supply in Colombo City

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Successful implementation of NRW reduction programs and strategies in Colombo City
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Baseline for NRW in Colombo city established 2. Water balance assessments independently certified 3. Technical advice and recommendations from independent experts on NRW reduction program 4. Specialized trainings to NWSDB staff on NRW reduction provided.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2012 Nov 07
Consulting Services
The S-CDTA will engage consultants who will assist the NWSDB in carrying out the following activities: (i) review and advise the project management unit (PMU) of the proposed Investment Program on district area metering (DMA) designs for the Colombo, and contract packages prior to the mobilization of loan consultants (MASC); and (ii) ensure that special provisions for NRW reduction are developed and incorporated into the civil works bidding documents to ensure achievement of NRW reduction targets specified under the Investment Program. The consultants will help NWSDB review the proposals from the consultants and contractors under the Investment Program and recommend the most appropriate solutions. The consultants will also provide training and help develop in-house capacity of NWSDB to ensure that it can continue a sustained NRW program on its own. The consultants service will include carrying out a survey to establish the baseline for NRW in Colombo; reviewing the proposals, methodologies and strategies for NRW reduction, especially during the first year of Investment Program implementation and the first year of MASC s engagement; and certifying water balance assessments and providing training for NWSDB staff to conduct the same on their own. One international consultant as the team leader/ NRW and Water Utility Management specialist (5 person-months), and three national consultants: Water Utility Specialist (5 person-months), NRW Reduction Specialist (5 person-months) and Training Specialist (3 person-months), will be engaged under the S-CDTA for 18 person months of consulting services in total (March 2013 to October 2014). All the consultants will be engaged through an international consulting firm, if any, or individual consultants in accordance with ADB s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, and as amended from time to time) using the bio-data selection method. The outline terms of reference for the consultants are in Appendix 3. Disbursements under the TA will be done in accordance with the ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended).
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Management Review Meeting
Approval 05 Nov 2012
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 8206 05 Nov 2012 05 Nov 2012 01 Dec 2014


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 8206 200 200 0 200 0 200

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Mingyuan Fan (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies National Water Supply and Drainage Board


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