Progress on “Asset Management in Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities of Albania” Project

Fran Marku, Field Engineer, Asset Management Project and the responsible staff of Durres Water Supply and Sewerage Company during the assistance on data entry in the EDAMS software.
Photo Credit: SHUKALB

The “Asset Management in Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities of Albania” Project, implemented by SHUKALB, is making good progress on its first phase.  The Project, which started in March of this year, 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.

Some of the participating water supply and sewerage companies, such as Elbasan, Gramsh, Durres, Vlora, Cerrik, Saranda, Kavaja , Berat-Kucova and Peqin have already opened an account in the EDAMS program and have started registering their assets.  Parallel with this, the Project team at SHUKALB has conducted field visits at the participating water utilities and provided also support with data collection process and establishing asset registers.

On 2 to 4 October 2019, SHUKALB and SHUKOS are planning to organize the second advanced training course on GIS/ Network Data Management in the framework of the Project.  Participant in these training will be the users of the participating Water Utilities from Albania and Kosovo.

Fran Marku and Eng. Amarildo Xhyra, Technical Director, Peqin Water Supply and Sewerage Company, during the physical verification of the assets
Photo Credit: SHUKALB

From the participating water utilities perspective, this is what some of them had to say about their engagement with the Project so far:

Ms. Mirela Hasanbashaj, Head of GIS Sector, Durres Water Supply and Sewerage Company “The use of EDAMS software will enable our Utility to register its assets on a single platform.  Employees of the Durres Water Supply and Sewerage Company will be able to access any necessary information, both technically and financially”.

Ms. Rovena Halili, Head of Statistics and Projects, Elbasan Water Supply and Sewerage Company “Elbasan Water Supply and Sewerage Company considers the Asset Management program as a tool for accurately identifying the status of assets of the water supply and sewerage network.  Through this program, the Company aims to better manage the networks by planning repairs, investments and capital asset replacements.  The combination of technical and financial data at a more advanced stage is the goal of our Company”.

Ms. Jona Belshi, Technical Director, Cerrik Water Supply and Sewerage Company “This project provides a graphical overview of the distribution network and all elements of the water supply with its specific technical features.  It is very useful to have a modern asset management system which helps us in operation and maintenance management and facilitates the identification of future investment needs.”