Georgia: Developing a Geospatial Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Utility Management System

Sovereign Project | 43531-012


The capacity development TA will produce geospatial management systems for Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and Urban Transport (UT) in selected cities.

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Project Name Developing a Geospatial Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Utility Management System
Project Number 43531-012
Country Georgia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
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

The capacity development TA will produce geospatial management systems for Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and Urban Transport (UT) in selected cities.

The GIS based database and management system for WSS utility will facilitate infrastructure design, improve service delivery and enhance UWSCG's revenues in the long-term. It will provide a geospatial (or GIS) interface for decision makers, which links an asset and consumer database created through extensive ground surveys with digital maps generated from aerial photographs and satellite imagery. It will allow United Water Supply Company of Georgia (UWSCG) to: (i) analyze asset condition in Georgia's urban centers and plan capital improvement and rehabilitation work; (ii) develop an asset maintenance and management regime to ensure quality and continuity of services; and (iii) analyze service coverage, create revenue demand, and mobilize resources to improve revenue collection. Mapping of WSS assets and consumers using a geospatial (or GIS) domain will (i) prolong asset life through regular preventive maintenance; (ii) optimize asset replacement; (iii) reduce non-revenue water loss by identifying and rectifying system defects; (iv) enhance efficiencies in WSS management; (v) reduce operation and maintenance costs; (vi) improve cost recovery, and eventually recover full service costs; and (vii) safeguard resources through better water conservation and management practices. The maps will form the base for integrating WSS asset and consumer information for the towns of Anaklia, Kutaisi, Marneuli, Mestia, Poti, and Zugdidi. The outcome of the TA is that the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure (MORDI) and UWSCG use the geospatial WSS utility management system for WSS asset planning, maintenance and management, as well as revenue management. The outputs include: i) georeferenced cadastral maps; ii) integrated asset and consumer database; iii) WSS Utility management system; iv) staff trained on database management.

Creating a GIS based database and management system for Urban Transport infrastructure assets will help building a comprehensive urban planning and maintenance management tool to be used by MORDI and the selected municipalities in Georgia including Anaklia, Kutaisi, Marneuli, Mestia Mtskheta, Poti, Rustavi and Zugdidi (the outcome of the project). The tool will include layers of exhaustive information on transport infrastructure. The outputs include: (i) georeferenced cadastral maps for project cities with thematic layers; (ii) database on urban transport (UT) assets including the condition and layout (superimposed as a thematic layer); (iii)database on public transport routes and road traffic superimposed as a thematic layer; (iv) desktop application UT management system on a geographic information system (GIS) domain at the MORDI for decision making; and v) staff trained on database management.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The CDTA addresses two sub-sectors Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and Urban Transport (UT). Outdated infrastructure and policy and regulatory framework, weak institutional capacity including absence of up to date management tools, and the lack of sustainable financing constitute the set of problems that government addresses with the support of IFIs and bilateral donors including ADB. Addressing these needs in a systemic manner provides the opportunity to improve the access to and quality of urban services in WSS and UT sub sectors with multiple social, economic and environmental benefits.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Interim Operational Strategy for Georgia (2008-2009) was developed in line with the government's agenda, and identified development of the country's municipal infrastructure as a key contributor to sustainable economic growth, with the crosscutting themes of governance, regional cooperation, and environmental sustainability. Through improving capacity of the beneficiary agencies (UWSCG and MORDI) in taking informed decisions in planning, and operation and maintenance of the WSS and UT infrastructure assets the CDTA contributes to significant improvement in the thematic area of governance. Improving services through better planning and operation and maintenance using the GIS-based management systems enables socio-economic benefits to the utility customers and users of urban transport infrastructure. Utilizing potential of energy savings in operating WSS assets and reduction of emissions - the benefits that can be derived through relevant application of the products created through CDTA - will contribute to maximizing environmental benefits of the project.

The CDTA provides a valuable contribution to implementing the vision and objectives of current WSS and UT sector development strategies and road maps. In particular:

1). For WSS sub sector - an advanced planning tool as the output of the CDTA contributes to:

- Addressing the technical sustainability challenge as a part of the vision and objectives of the Urban WSS Sector Development Plan (the sector development strategy document adopted by the government). This will be achieved through ensuring implementation of asset management and strengthening programs for better operation and maintenance of WSS infrastructure leading to efficient service delivery (task under Objective (i) Technical Sustainability and Environmental Protection).

- Improving sector governance through efficient financial management, operational and commercial efficiency of service utilities (task under Objective (ii) Institutional and Financial Sustainability).

2). For UT sub sector - an advanced planning tool as the output of the CDTA contributes to:

- improving access to businesses and communities, attract investments, and enable citizens to tap economic and social opportunities (the vision of the Road Map document).

- Completing the road network in urban areas. A coherent, efficient time saving road network, decreasing congestion and urban barrier effects, and sustaining economic and tourism development (Goal 1 of the Road Map objectives).

- Promoting a sustainable development of road network operation. Improvement in traffic management, quality of service and organization of its maintenance, will allow for maintaining proper quality of road networks (Goal 2 of the Road Map objectives).

- Improving public transport quality of service including an easy to use strategy for public transport and solutions to promote intermodality and maximize the benefits of an integrated transport network (Goal 4 of the Road Map objectives).

- Improving quality of life in urban areas through promoting non-motorized transport uses (Goal 5 of the Road Map objectives).

Through creating a modern technical tool broadly used internationally, the CDTA addresses in full the technological gap in managing, budgeting, operation and maintenance of WSS and UT infrastructure and services. GIS-based asset management systems for WSS and UT and government staff trained to apply the system in daily practice - created as the outcome of the project - provides an up to date technical and professional capacity to take informed decisions in planning, managing, and operation and maintenance of the assets in the most efficient and economical way.

Impact Capital and operational budget for water and sanitation planning, maintenance and management linked to the geospatial WSS utility management system
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome MORDI and UWSCG use the geospatial WSS utility management system for capital improvement and rehabilitation planning, and revenue management
Progress Toward Outcome Implementation progresses according to work plan.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1: Georeferenced cadastral maps with thematic layers generated on a GIS domain

Output 2: Integrated water supply and sanitation asset and consumer database

Output 3: WSS utility management system

Output 4: Staff trained on database management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

All outputs for WSS management system are completed. No issues.

The outputs for UT management system are under development. Project implementation follows the agreed work plan. No major issues.

Geographical Location 4. Mestia / Samegrelo - Upper Svaneti Region,7. Rustavi / Kvemo Kartli Region,8. Zugdidi / Samegrelo - Upper Svaneti Region,6. Poti / Samegrelo - Upper Svaneti Region,2. Kutaisi / Imereti Region,1. Anaklia / Samegrelo - Upper Svaneti Region,5. Mtskheta / Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region,3. Marneuli / Kvemo Kartli Region
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

UWSCG management and technical staff were extensively consulted in order to allign project design after particular needs, constrains and existing capacity of the UWSCG, and subsequently, to ensure maximum benefits through providing ssutainable project outputs. The availability of GIS maps for the project towns was checked in advance to ensure proper budgeting. The IT department staff of UWSCG was inetrviewed to check the degree of its competence in GIS software application and to inventorize the IT hardware base of the company. This allowed for tailoring the training component of the project according to particular needs and deriving the optimal list of hardware to be procured.

Several rounds of consultations were held with MRDI management and GIS department staff to assess and inentorize the collection of maps, IT hardware base and competence of the staffers for the same purpose as with UWSCG.

During Project Implementation Relevant representatives of UWSG and MRDI participate in project implementation through providing inputs and absorbing training. In particular, MRDI provides its assistance in ensuring valuable support by the municipalities of the project towns to project field work teams working on the current UT GIS component (support includes providing necessary information inputs on assets and their components). UWSCG utility service center staff assisted field survey teams in collecting asset-specific information (e.g. records, maps, equipment specifications, age of assets etc.) on a daily basis through the entire length of field survey works, as well as through arranging traffic safety during field survey by involving local traffic police.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A firm is engaged to develop the system in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) through a Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) method. The existing firm's (Eptisa) contract is extended to deliver additional requirements for the TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Bertrand Goalou
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Min. of Regional Dev't.& Infrastructure of Georgia
Mr. Lasha Gotsiridze
7, Ingorokva Str. 0134, Tbilisi Georgia
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2010
Fact Finding 01 Mar 2010 to 10 Mar 2010
Approval 23 Jun 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 25 Mar 2010
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2013

TA 7551-GEO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Jun 2010 16 Jul 2010 16 Jul 2010 30 Apr 2011 31 Mar 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 23 Jun 2010 1,272,457.51

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