Sri Lanka: Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Management Improvement Investment Program - Tranche 1

Sovereign Project | 45148-005

Summary

The Investment Program will be implemented over a period of 8 years, from 2013 to 2020. It will be phased as follows: (i) $84 million for Project 1 in 2012 and (ii) $80 million for Project 2 in 2013, both focusing on reducing NRW and improving water service efficiency in Colombo; and (iii) $100 million for Project 3 in 2015; and (iv) $36 million for Project 4 in 2016, both of which will include improvements in wastewater services and expansion of the water supply and wastewater services to other areas of Greater Colombo. A similarly phased approach will be taken within the tranches and in NRW reduction efforts. NRW reduction will be tackled first in areas with greater physical and commercial losses, and therefore requiring more critical investment in infrastructure replacement.

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Project Name Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Management Improvement Investment Program - Tranche 1
Project Number 45148-005
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2947-SRI: Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Management Improvement Investment Program - Tranche 1
Ordinary capital resources US$ 70.00 million
Loan 2948-SRI: Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Management Improvement Investment Program - Tranche 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 14.00 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 Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Investment Program will be implemented over a period of 8 years, from 2013 to 2020. It will be phased as follows: (i) $84 million for Project 1 in 2012 and (ii) $80 million for Project 2 in 2013, both focusing on reducing NRW and improving water service efficiency in Colombo; and (iii) $100 million for Project 3 in 2015; and (iv) $36 million for Project 4 in 2016, both of which will include improvements in wastewater services and expansion of the water supply and wastewater services to other areas of Greater Colombo. A similarly phased approach will be taken within the tranches and in NRW reduction efforts. NRW reduction will be tackled first in areas with greater physical and commercial losses, and therefore requiring more critical investment in infrastructure replacement. These include Mattakkuliya, Modera, Kotahena, Grandpass, and Bloemendal in Colombo North Area; Fort, Slave island, Kollupitiya (part), and Union Place in Colombo Northwest Area, and Welikada, Boralla, Dematagoda, Maligawatta (part), and Maradana in Colombo Northeast Area. These areas will be covered by the first tranche. During this period essential studies and modeling under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) master plan will also be conducted to inform subsequent tranches.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Improved water supply and wastewater service and management in Greater Colombo
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved efficiency and financial sustainability of water supply services in Colombo City
Progress Toward Outcome --
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Rehabilitated water supply network and reduced NRW in Colombo City

2. Strengthened institutional structure and capacity of NWSDB.

3. Project 1 successfully managed and implemented

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

1. Rehabilitated water supply network and reduced NRW in Colombo City:

The two major contracts (i.e. System Rehabilitation for Non-Revenue Water Reduction in North part of Colombo City - CWSSIP/ADB/CIVIL/ICB/01 and System Rehabilitation for Non-Revenue Water Reduction in East part of Colombo City - CWSSIP/ADB/CIVIL/ICB/02) have been approved by ADB on 11 July 2014 and 19 November 2014 respectively. The ICB 01 was awarded on 13 November 2014 and ICB 02 not yet awarded.

2. Strengthened institutional structure and capacity of NWSDB:

Ongoing

3. Project 1 successfully managed and implemented:

The two major packages are approved by ADB. The package II is yet to be awarded

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An environmental assessment and review framework was prepared to guide the preparation of future tranches, and an initial environmental examination with an environmental management plan was prepared to for project 1 in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement and government laws. The draft initial environmental examination concludes that no significant adverse impact is anticipated as a result of the water distribution network improvements, and that net environmental benfits to Colombo's population will be positive and large as a result of the increased reliability of water supply. It outlines a grievance redress mechanism to ensure easy and quick redress of any complaints or concerns during project implementation. The environmental management plan provides adequate mitigation measures for any foreseen construction impact, including traffic management to ensure limited disruption to trafflic flow and access.
Involuntary Resettlement A draft resettlement plan endorsed by the government was prepared and disclosed for project 1 in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement to address potential temporary income losses within the project area during linear pipe rehabilitation works, including temporary disruption of approximately 7,600 mobile vendors and hawkers for less than 7 days. Full road closure is not anticipated and work in busry commercial areas will be done during nonbusiness hours (i.e., nighttime) to the extent possible.
Indigenous Peoples Considering the urban setting of the project and socioeconomic survey results within the investment program area, no impacts on indigenous peoples are expected, and an indigenous peoples planning framework is not required.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Project 1 will have the following output:

(i) Rehabilitation and replacement of about 318 km of seriously degraded distribution network pipes, including the replacement of about 278 km of cast-iron pipes;

(ii) Installation of new electromagnetic flow meters, valves, and special fittings for formation of district metered areas (DMAs) and for the NRW monitoring and remote control system;

(iii) Replacement and transfer of around 51,000 service connections with polyethylene pipes and fittings;

(iv) Replacement of about 17,000 defective water meters;

(v) Introduction of 5,000 water meters with automatic meter reader the facility in a pilot area;

(vi) Metering of 3,200 additional free water outlets, and formation and operationalization of their consumer associations;

(vii) Validation and updating of the GIS network for the rehabilitated system;

(viii) Establishment of fully equipped city-wide active-leakage-control units and reinforcement of the O&M units to undertake NRW activities and major repairs;

(ix) Construction of a dedicated NRW office for Colombo city with buildings, materials, equipment, and vehicles;

(x) Establishment of an operations performance audit cell in NWSDB;

(xi) Decentralization of Colombo city water supply operations to RSC-WC of NWSDB and setting up of an autonomous business center under the NWSDB with appropriate financial and commercial systems and separate books of accounts, and transfer of all records to the business center;

(xii) Delegation of the management of assets to RSC-WC and establishment of a GIS- based asset management system;

(xiii) Provision of MASCs to manage all NRW reduction activities in Colombo; and

(xiv) Implementation of an effective public awareness campaign, with the active participation of women and NGOs.

(xv) MASC support in managing and implementing the project and preparing the remaining tranches; and

(xvi) Trainings and capacity building to improve the operating performance of NWSDB staff.

Responsible ADB Officer Kamal Dahanayake
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Water Supply and DrainageSri Lanka
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 14 Feb 2014
Approval 22 Nov 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Mar 2015

Loan 2947-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2012 28 Jun 2013 25 Sep 2013 30 Jun 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 98.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 70.00 22 Nov 2012 65.63 0.00 94%
Counterpart 28.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Nov 2012 14.21 0.00 20%

Loan 2948-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2012 28 Jun 2013 25 Sep 2013 30 Jun 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 14.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 14.00 22 Nov 2012 1.46 0.00 11%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Nov 2012 1.20 0.00 9%

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