January 11, 2018
On January 10, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Colombo for the Project for Enhancement of Operational Efficiency and Asset Management Capacity of Regional Support Center-Western South of NWSDB in Sri Lanka, a technical cooperation project.
The project will provide support to make water supply management by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) more efficient through introducing the asset management of pipelines and enhancing pipeline installation and maintenance capacity.
Although the service coverage ratio has reached 94.5 percent in Colombo District, which has a concentrated population, Sri Lanka as a whole has a service coverage ratio of only 48.1 percent. The NWSDB therefore desires to strengthen its water facility management capacity and to effectively construct and renew/replace facilities through appropriate budget allocation.
The NWSDB faces challenges such as the detection of underground water leakage that cannot be visually confirmed, inappropriate installation procedures of pipelines by plumbers, insufficient supervison of pipeline installation by construction supervisors, and a high non-revenue water ratio , which averages 27.8 percent in Sri Lanka overall . In order to reduce the non-revenue water and provide a stable supply of water, the capacity of pipeline installation and maintenance needs to be enhanced.
The project will utilize the experience and knowledge of Japanese municipalities that have set precedents in asset management and provide high-quality water supply services. The project has obtained cooperation from the Nagoya City Waterworks & Sewerage Bureau and the Kobe City Waterworks Bureau since the preliminary survey stage. During the project, pilot activities will be carried out for strengthening pipeline management capacity, and a training yard will be constructed for enhancing training capacity. By introducing asset management at the NWSDB, the project will improve pipeline management and support more efficient water supply service by the NWSDB.
1: An indicator of the amount of water not subject to billing from the total amount put into the water supply system, including physical loss due to leakage from pipelines, unbilled water usage due to illegal connections and water meter malfunctions
2: Source: NWSDB, Corporate Plan 2016–2020
|Country||Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka|
|Project title||The Project for Enhancement of Operational Efficiency and Asset Management Capacity of Regional Support Center-Western South of NWSDB in Sri Lanka|
|Planned implementation period||June 2018 to June 2021|
|Executing agency||National Water Supply and Drainage Board|
|Target region, facilities||Western-South region of the NWSDB|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Introduction of asset management of pipelines through support for drafting asset management guidelines, strengthening pipeline management by the NWSDB through conducting pilot activities and enhancing training capacity to contribute to strengthening pipeline construction and management works|