Water Pilot and Demonstration Activities | Asian Development Bank

Water Pilot and Demonstration Activities

Water pilot and demonstration activities (PDAs) are small-scale, short-term projects that test and validate innovative approaches, methodologies, and technologies for replication or scaling up.

  • 4 Apr 2018

    Demonstrating Community-Based Hydrological and Ecological Restoration of Peatlands in Mongolia

    Majority of Mongolia's peatlands have significantly degraded due to unsustainable practices and climate change impacts. This pilot study builds upon community restoration efforts by showcasing scientific peatlands restoration techniques, ways to scale up, and how to increase awareness on the importance of peatlands.
  • 26 May 2017

    Developing Pilot Model Projects on Water-Use Efficiency for High-Value Agriculture in Water Scarce Areas in Balochistan

    The proposed pilot and demonstration activity (PDA) focuses on tapping shallow groundwater (emanating from perennial streams) using solar-powered pumping systems in off-grid locations. These are proposed in the Zhob and Mula river basins in Balochistan. The proposed PDA and its implementation in the Balochistan Water Resources Development Project loan will benefit women through enhanced agricultural skills and livelihoods activities.
  • 30 Jun 2016

    Design and Pilot Testing of Performance-Based Management of Groundwater Use in Irrigation

    Agro-well based agriculture is on the rise in the dry zones of Sri Lanka, thus increasing their vulnerability to mismanaged groundwater resources. This PDA was created to design and test performance-based management of groundwater use in irrigation, as well as support development of farm-level water management strategies to minimize surface water irrigation demand for dry zone agricultural practices. This will help minimize the environmental risks faced by groundwater dependent farmers in the country’s dry zones.
  • 30 Apr 2016

    Field-Based Research: Quantifying and Optimizing Energy and Water Utilization in ADB Water Supply, Sanitation, and Wastewater Management Projects

    This field-based research developed a coherent and evidence-based assessment process for quantification of energy consumption in ADB’s water supply, sanitation, and wastewater management projects,  to help with decisions enabling optimal and sustainable energy use in ADB water investment projects.
  • 15 Jan 2016

    Development, Testing, and Validation of eSOS Emergency Sanitation System

    In times of emergencies or after a disaster, the availability of toilets and sanitation facilities is always in question. Among the affected people there is also bound to be a number who suffer from diarrheal diseases, typhoid, and other conditions that make feces hazardous. This pilot and demonstration activity (PDA) proposed and supported the development of an Emergency Sanitation Operation System (eSOS) concept so as to provide an effective and innovative sanitation solution that can be easily deployed during emergencies and in the aftermath of a disaster. The primary goal is to minimize the risk to public health of the most vulnerable members of society. The secondary goal is to reduce the investment, operation, and maintenance costs of emergency sanitation facilities and service to enable a sustainable solution during emergencies and disasters.
  • 30 Sep 2015

    Piloting Integrated Non Revenue Water (NRW) and Asset Management (ASM) Software for Nghe An Water Supply Company in Viet Nam

    In Viet Nam, like in many parts of developing Asia, most water utilities have a limited understanding of their existing infrastructure systems, resulting in undervalued assets that leads to gaps in systems management and poor service delivery. Nghe An Water Supply Company (NAWASCO), the water agency for Vinh City, wanted to resolve this and complement the nonrevenue water (NRW) reduction project under Tranche 3 of the ADB-backed Water Sector Investment Program by using information technology for integrated NRW and asset management software (AMS), which will improve the water distribution system and service delivery. In particular, the objective of the PDA is to test the technologies through hydraulic modeling of the water distribution system to: simulate system performance and apply the model to define pressures zones, demand management zones (DMZ), and district metered areas (DMA); design and manage NRW; and optimize the operation of the water supply system.
  • 1 Sep 2015

    Assessing the Applicability of Nanotechnologies in Viet Nam’s Water and Sanitation

    The water and sanitation sector in Viet Nam requires significant investment in order to attain the level of coverage a developed country has. Due to urbanization, clean drinking water is increasingly becoming scarce in the country. This pilot and demonstration activity (PDA) sought to assess the potential development of nanotechnologies in the field of water treatment and sanitation and how these can be a cost-effective and efficient means to improve water service delivery in Viet Nam.
  • 1 Sep 2015

    Pilot Implementation of AquaRating in Fiji

    The objective of this pilot and demonstration activity (PDA) is to introduce the AquaRating Tool, an independent water-auditing tool, to the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), as part of an ADB-funded investment program that will improve access to sustainable water supply and sewerage services in the Greater Suva Area. Piloting the tool in Fiji will provide a comprehensive performance assessment of the water utility and aid in evaluating the applicability of the AquaRating tool in Asia and the Pacific.
  • 1 Jun 2015

    Development of Pilot Procedures and Reference Document to Select Appropriate Technologies for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in School

    The main objective of this pilot and demonstration activity (PDA) is to provide policy makers, administrators and schools with tested practical guides for identifying a range of technological options for basic infrastructure available near school premises and selecting an appropriate technology that can make WASH facilities fully functional in school and meet the minimum requirements.
  • 1 Mar 2015

    Master Meter Program for Communal Water Connection in Urban Poor Community in Jakarta

    Water supply in the greater Jakarta area has long been in abysmal state, with the urban poor bearing the brunt of this lack of access. They either resort to costly water vendors or sourcing from wells and groundwater that may be contaminated and damaging to their health. There are also cases of illegal water tapping. To resolve these, the provincial government, city-owned water operator (PAM Jaya), and other partners piloted a master meter program that connects a minimum of 550 houses to a communal water meter distribution system.

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