On March of this year, SHUKALB started the implementation of the first phase of the “Asset Management in Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities of Albania” Project. The Project is offered in the framework of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South-Eastern Europe” Program which is being implemented 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 registered water supply and sewerage utilities in this first phase of the Project are Elbasan, Gramsh, Shkodra, Durres, Vlora, Cerrik, Himara, Saranda, Kavaja , Permet, Berat-Kucova and Peqin. The team of experts from SHUKALB and Hydro-Comp enterprise in cooperation with the respective responsible staff from water utilities are working with their data by analyzing and converting them into the GIS Shape files, in order to upload them further into the EDAMS software, which is the software where the asset registration and management will be done.
Parallel with this process, during the month of June, experts from SHUKALB have conducted field visits to some of the water utilities such as Gramsh, Kavaja, Berat-Kucova, Shkodra and Cerrik. These visits will be extended to all participating water utilities throughout the year.
During the visits, preliminary data are being collected in AutoCAD program, hard copy maps or any other forms of assets data. This information is further being processed and digitized in a GIS format by the team of experts at SHUKALB.
In this first phase (silver phase), the project aims a comprehensive asset register network data management for the utility networks thus providing a geographical network database with proper functionality for the capturing, structuring, maintenance and management of all existing assets.