|Description of Project Outputs
Improved distribution system and quality control in DWASA (project component A) - Rehabilitated and strengthened distribution network
Strengthened DWASA capacity and institution (project component B) - Strengthened financial and operational management capacity of DWASA
Project management and implementation support (project component C) - PMU and management support adequate and operational
Improved distribution system and quality control in DWASA (project component A) - Improved water quality and monitoring system
Strengthened DWASA capacity and institutions (project component B) - Trained staff and resources for DWASA
Strengthened DWASA capacity and institution (project component B) - Demand control and public awareness
Project management and implementation support (project component C) - Feasibility study of the future water treatment plant completed and tender documents prepared
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Component A: This project is, for the first-time in the country, implementing rehabilitation of water distribution network on a DMA approach. On this approach, a zone of the network is hydraulically isolated facilitating measurement of inflows and outflows and assessment of water losses. Compared to traditional approach of replacing pipes, the DMA approach has been found to be effective in controlling physical losses in the network. Moreover, major contracts have been structured with functional guarantees the contractor is required to ensure physical losses less than 15% at 1 bar pressure before full payment is made. The project plans to rehabilitate 64 DMAs comprising around 1,805 km of pipelines that will benefit approximately 8 million consumers in Dhaka. As the DMAs are getting completed, DWASA staff and consumers are realizing the benefits of the approach. Currently, 1,031 km of pipeline have been replaced. Rehabilitation works have been done to about 60,890 service connections, including installation of new water meters. Installation of about 163 bulk water meters and 2,863 sluice valves done. Water connections and supply points improved for about 300 registered slum areas and still ongoing. Water losses have substantially been reduced in the DMAs that are nearing completion.
A two-tier monitoring system has been prepared, and is under implementation for monitoring water quality. 200 DTWs are now equipped with new chlorinators and test kits. Moreover, consistent with ADBs and the governments socially inclusive and gender sensitive approach, the project is also implementing works to serve people in low-income areas of Dhaka. In one of the informal settlements called Korail occupied by approximately 20,000 households with a population of more than 50,000, the works have already started. The residents earlier did not have any adequate water supply system, and were forced to buy water from private vendors at exorbitant rates. The project is instrumental in improving access to water to the people in this informal settlement and following activities have been undertaken in Korail: (i) necessary pipeline network has been laid; (ii) a new tubewell with electricity connection and a chlorinator unit has been installed; and (iii) DWASA has so far provided 500 connections to the users comprising of 20-30 households per connection. In Phase II of the Korail work, another 500 connections are in preparation which would benefit 50,000 people. Another informal settlement area, Shattola slum, is also being considered, where 4 km pipeline network will be installed that would benefit around 38,762 people. It is expected that this will be replicated in other informal settlements under the DWASA service area.
Component B: To ensure sustainable network management and improved service delivery on a long-term basis, regular activities are implemented under the project for capacity-building and institutional strengthening. DWASA training center has been refurbished. Number of training courses and budget allocation for trainings has substantially increased over the past 5 years. More than 1,100 staffs were trained in the training center.
The demand control and public awareness campaign for water conservation is also under implementation. These activities aim to inform public the value of water conservation, repair of leaking taps, billing and payment methods, etc. There are 6 NGOs working with DWASA for these activities. DWASAs customer data base has fully been computerized. Billing accuracy is 100% and payment collection is 95%. Each operations zone has a complaint center, and recently, a computerized call center, DWASA link 16162, was introduced. DWASAs revenue collection has increased due to computerization of customer database, improved billing and payment system, and stronger monitoring by the management.
Component C: DWASA, with support from consultants, is working to ensure that all project activities are accomplished in a timely manner. Future water treatment plant has been taken up under another ADB-financed project Loan 3051-BAN: Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project - approved in 2013.
Provided about 200 chlorination units at 200 water supply points. Additional 100 units will ben installed by July 2015.