The “Asset Management in Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities of Albania” Project implemented by SHUKALB is nearing the finalization of its first phase, which aims at having a full asset registry for every participating water utility. The Project started in March 2019 and it is being offered in the framework of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South-Eastern Europe” Program, through a partnership between Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Hydro-Comp Enterprises Ltd. Cyprus, and the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD). The program is part of the Danube Learning Partnership (D-Leap), a regional, integrated and sustainable capacity building initiative of national water utility associations and IAWD.
The Project activities during the last quarter have focused on providing training to the staff of water utilities engaged in the Project, as well as providing direct assistance through field visits conducted by the Project Team. On 3rd and 4th of October 2019, in Prishtina, Kosovo, SHUKALB and SHUKOS jointly organised the second ’’Advanced GIS/Network Data Management’’ in the framework of the Project. The training presented a more advanced approach for data management and enabled the responsible staff from the participating Water Supply and Sewerage Companies to continue their data entry process and asset registry in EDAMS software for the rest of the first phase of the Project.
Following up to the training, the participating Water Supply and Sewerage Companies have made progress with new data entry in the EDAMS software, as well as with correcting and completing missing information for previously registered assets in EDAMS. In addition, during this time the Project team at SHUKALB has provided close assistance through field visits to all water utilities and has been continuously working remotely with the responsible staff at water utilities for the data entry. During field visits, data have been collected on the field and then registered, refined and processed into the EDAMS system. This is an on-going process that continues to be conducted by the staff of participating water utilities.
On February 2020, SHUKALB together with SHUKOS have planned to organize a workshop to present the results achieved during the first phase of the Project (Silver Level) and in the same time to introduce the launch of the second phase (Gold Level). Invited to the workshop will be all the water utility companies, central and local government level stakeholders from Albania and Kosovo, as well as the donors and international financing institutions operating in both countries. SHUKALB will share more details on the workshop in the beginning of January.
SHUKALB visit at Gramsh Water Supply Company in the framework of the Project. From L to R: Bledjan Koçi, Technical Director, Gramsh WSC; Elisabeta Poçi, Deputy Executive Director, SHUKALB; Tajar Bici, Director of Gramsh WSC, Eng. Fran Marku and Eng. Elvis Ndreka.
Photo Credit: SHUKALB