Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy Organizes National Workshop on Non-Revenue Water in Albania

Petrit Tare, President of SHUKALB (2nd from the right) during the panel discussion “Non-Revenue Water and Intermittent Water Supply, Challenges of the Future for Reduction of Non-Revenue Water”, among other panelists. On his left Drilona Deliu, Prime Minister Office. On his right Lindita Sotiri, Director, Program Development Directorate on Water Supply, Sewerage, and Waste Infrastructure, MIE; Ndricim Shani, Chairman of Albanian Water Regulatory Authority, Jovan Gjika, AKUM, and Bambos Charalambous, Expert on Non-Revenue Water, PLGP
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On 17 April 2019, in Tirana, the USAID’s Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) in coordination with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania (MIE) organized the National Workshop on Non-Revenue Water in Albania.

The objectives of the workshop were to present the results of a Non-Revenue Water Assessment for Albania as well as the detailed short-term Action Plan to reduce Non-Revenue Water; raise awareness on the importance of intermittent water supply in achieving reduced levels of non-revenue water and on the current challenges in operationalizing the short-term action plan; and discuss solutions to overcome possible action plan implementation problems.

The workshop was highly attended by the management level representatives of many water utilities, MIE, National Water Supply-Sewerage and Waste Infrastructure Agency (AKUM), Albanian Water Regulatory Authority and different water sector stakeholders.  SHUKALB was represented at the workshop by its President, Petrit Tare, in the same time General Director of Korca Water Supply and Sewerage Company, who participated at the panel discussion titled “Non-Revenue Water and Intermittent Water Supply, Prospects and Challenges in Non-Revenue Water Reduction”.

From the participants’ discussions during the workshop, it was evident that the water utilities will need technical support in translating the action plan into executable packages of work.  In addition a number of utilities have identified as a crucial need the support in executing some of the actions, such as purchase of bulk and customer water meters as well as training and capacity building of the utility staff in order to respond to the requirements of the short-term action plan.