Progress on the 2nd Year of “Asset Management in Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities of Albania” Project

The “Asset Management in Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities of Albania” Project which SHUKALB started in March 2019 has continued with the second year of its implementation.

The project is 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 9 Water Utilities of Cerrik, Peqin, Himare, Shkoder, Vlore, Sarande, Kavaja, Permet and Gramsh have successfully passed the first phase (Silver Phase) of the project, and have continued this year with the 2nd second phase, the Gold Phase, focusing on the improvement of productivity and efficiency of the maintenance function and the improvement of service delivery through the implementation of proper business procedures and work flows.

Meanwhile 5 new Water Utilities of Korce, Maliq, Gjirokaster, Lushnje and Pogradec have joined for the first time the project this year.  The Utilities will work on the Network Data Management aiming a comprehensive asset register network data management for the utility networks.

Regardless of the pandemic situation which we have been all facing currently, the Program has been fully operational with its implementation, assisting remotely the Water Utilities.

In addition, SHUKALB has started recently the use of the D-LeaP Academy platform as a useful tool for the participating utilities to access the information in this situation.  The D-LeaP Academy platform contains information regarding the program, the implementation phases, trainings and workshops organized in the framework program. A very functional and practical session is also the Discussion session where participant and users of the academy can communicate with each other by asking question and sharing comments related to the work.