Timor-Leste: Dili Urban Water Supply Sector Project

Sovereign Project | 38189-022 Status: Active


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Project Name Dili Urban Water Supply Sector Project
Project Number 38189-022
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0100-TIM: Dili Urban Water Supply Sector Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 6.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Audit of project accounts is ongoing. All other physical activities have been completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Civil works in subzones 1,2,3 complete.

Additional civil works to be already undertaken and completed in 2014.

Work in subzones 1,2 and 3 complete.

Additional connections installed in 2014.

Actual civil works for subzones 1,2,3 have been completed.

100% of customers with legal connections in Subzones 1,2, and 3 are registered.

Tariffs introduced in 2013.

Actual civil works for subzones 1,2,3 have been completed.

Tariffs introduced in 2013.

Civil works are complete in Subzones 1-3 to enable households in these target areas to receive a 24-hour water supply. In order to ensure that water meets required quality standards, a chlorination unit has been installed in Zone 1.



Partly achieved.

Geographical Location Dili

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Public consultations were undertaken during the IEE preparation, in addition to social surveys, and specifically about possible environmental risks and mitigation measures related to project implementation and after. The consultations comprised one-to-one interviews with representative residents, business operators and others who may be affected by environmental nuisance from Project works. A Chefe de suco (head of neighborhood) and other community representatives were also interviewed. Interviewees were told that environmental nuisance during project implementation could include (i) noise, dust, mud, soil stockpiling, vibration and safety hazards from minor trenching and backfilling, (ii) disruption to traffic and access, and (iii) disruption of telecom and electricity services if trench excavation severed service lines. Respondents in general understood the nature of possible environmental nuisances, and added (i) rain could fill and obscure trenches, making them a driving hazard; (ii) additional dust would be created by cars driving around works areas and so water should be available for cleaning vegetables and other produce offered for sale by roadside vendors; and (iii) extra 'socialization' will be needed in higher density, unplanned areas. Some respondents also said that more water pipes in the neighborhood might lead to more leaks and therefore more ponding and mosquitoes (the Project is actually designed to reduce ponding and improve vector control). Respondents identified the following necessary mitigation measures: (i) prompt backfilling of trenches and resurfacing of disturbed streets and pathways; and (ii) using water spray to suppress dust. The respondents said that all affected persons should be kept fully informed of project implementation plans, be informed of possible environmental impacts, and participate and agree on mitigation measures. All of these concerns are addressed by the EMMP.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is rated as Category C for involuntary resettlement, as a result no resettlement plans have been developed for the subprojects.
Indigenous Peoples The project is rated as Category C for indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Consultation during project preparation included a household socioeconomic survey of 300 households in water supply zones where the subprojects will be implemented, formal and informal meetings with suco chiefs, women, and youth members of the suco councils, and relevant government departments and nongovernment organizations working with communities in Dili. A program of focus group meetings on specific issues of relevance to involving communities in the long-term sustainability of the Dili city water system was also carried out. During this consultation process, some issues essential to project design were discussed, such as (i) role of subzone caretakers; (ii) approaches to promote responsible water use behavior; and (iii) strategies to reduce the incidence of illegal behavior affecting the piped water system. Other issues such as the type of facilities (communal taps, tanks, etc.) to be provided for households with no direct access to streets, did not produce a response, despite probing; specifically affected households will need to be given the opportunity to comment during project implementation, once proposals have been developed.

Three types of community consultation and participation are being / have been established during project implementation:

(i) A complaints system and process for regularly assessing consumer satisfaction and accurately monitoring complaints has been established under the community and customer relations program component of the associated Dili Water Supply Performance Improvement technical assistance. Processes developed support DNSAS improvements in community and customer relations including feedback mechanisms.

(ii) Community consultation will be undertaken in relation to certain aspects of the project design as implementation proceeds, such as the arrangements for bill paying and provision of water for houses without direct street access. For the most part, community involvement in such decisions will require information sharing and consultation.

(iii) Community-based advocacy for conservation of treated water and the water infrastructure, and to build willingness of households to pay for the water they consume will be undertaken through the project implementation and facilitated through suco (small suburb) and aldeia (neighborhood) council members and other groups in the community.

During Project Implementation During all phases of subproject implementation, management will be the responsibility of DNSAS with overall site monitoring of the subproject the responsibility of the Environmental and Social Unit (ESU). Monitoring will include regular community meetings to monitor community concerns, thus identifying and mitigating these concerns as early as possible in the process to ensure community actions do not prevent access or incur damage to the subproject sites. DNSAS will prepare quarterly mitigation progress and monitoring reports. At the end of subproject implementation, the ESU will prepare a summary report and verification that mitigation actions were completed and forwarded it to Secretary of State for Environment with a copy to ADB.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The package for project implementation support will engage international and national consultants for (i) project management; (ii) in-filed mentoring of leak detection teams and subzone caretakers; (iii) socio-economic menitoring and evaluation; and (iv) project financial management, reporting, and auditing. The second package will engage international and national consultants to prepare detailed engineering design and documentation, and construction supervision services. The project will fund a total of 36 person-months of international and 68 person-months of domestic consulting services.
Procurement The civil works will be divided into three packages-one to be procured using international competitive bidding and two using national competitive bidding. Supply of goods contracts will be divided into four contracts-three using international competitive bidding and one using national competitive bidding.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Allison Woodruff
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Infrastructure
Director Joao Jeronimo
Avenida dos Martire de Patria
Mandarin, Dili, Timor-Leste
Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (formerly Ministry of Public Works)
Avenida dos martires da Patria
Mandarin, Dili, Timor-Leste


Concept Clearance 23 Sep 2007
Fact Finding 08 Oct 2007 to 15 Oct 2007
MRM 09 Nov 2007
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Jul 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2016

Grant 0100-TIM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Dec 2007 05 Mar 2008 25 Apr 2008 31 May 2011 30 Sep 2015 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 7.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 6.00 18 Dec 2007 5.93 0.00 99%
Counterpart 1.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Dec 2007 5.92 0.00 99%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Dili Urban Water Supply Sector Project: Subzone 1 of Zone 1 (Comoro) Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2013
Dili Urban Water Supply Sector Project: Zone 10 (Cristo-Rei) Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2013
Dili Urban Water Supply Sector Project Resettlement Planning Documents Nov 2007

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