Davao water firm shares non-revenue water reduction program in an int'l forum

April 6, 2010 11:16 am 

DAVAO CITY, April 6 – The Davao City Water District (DCWD) shared the utility’s non-revenue water (NRW) reduction program in an international forum held in Beijing, China recently.

DCWD board chair Eduardo A. Bangayan said the program “Non-Revenue Water Reduction Program: DCWD Experience” was presented before 60 delegates coming from many countries around the world.

Bangayan said the forum themed “Promoting Effective Water Operators Partnerships in China.”

In his presentation, he said DCWD has been experiencing water losses since it began operating in 1973. NRW levels were highest in the 80’s at about 40 percent and went down to over 30 percent in the 90’s and in the mid 2000’s. Strategies were employed to address the problem such as management of physical and commercial losses, meter and assessment management, and awareness program. Specifically, DCWD carried out the following: establishment of District Metered Areas, strengthening of active leak detection, replacement of dilapidated main lines, management of water pressure, and automation of water level at reservoirs.

In 2009, DCWD entered into a twinning agreement with a Malaysian water utility, SAJ Holdings-Ranhill Utilities Berhad (SAJHRUB) or Ranhil. It was a sharing of expertise in water operation. Among others, Ranhill's expert emphasized to recipient DCWD the importance of accurate measurements of production and consumption, prioritization of initiatives, performance monitoring and NRW awareness among employees.

The active interventions were successful. DCWD was able to cut down the NRW to 25 percent in 2009 and this year, it is working to lower it further to 20 percent.

At present, Bangayan said DCWD is working on its five-point agenda, dubbed as "NICER" to face challenges. It includes N- for non-revenue water reduction; I-for infrastructure development; C-for customer satisfaction; E-for environmental protection; and R-for resource management. (PNA) FFC/JLC/lvp

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