WORLD BANK – SMALL TOWNS WATER SUPPLY NEEDS ASSESSMENT STUDY

WORLD BANK – SMALL TOWNS WATER SUPPLY NEEDS ASSESSMENT STUDY

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Hydro-Utilities Consulting Engineers in collaboration with Castalia – Strategic Advisors (Lead Consultant) were appointed by the World Bank in July 2014 to carry out a needs assessment study for 50 small water supply stations in small towns across Zimbabwe that are operated and managed by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA). Hydro-Utilities, under this appointment, were assigned the Local Team Leader role to lead and manage a team of experts comprising mechanical, electrical, water, civil and process engineers. This team also included an Environmental and Social safeguards expert covering aspects of environment and social concerns for priority projects that the team were assigned to look into. Hydro-Utilities teamed up with Lamont Consulting Engineers who provided the mechanical and electrical engineers.

Hydro-Utilities began the study mid-July 2014 after an Inception meeting with the ZINWA senior management and officials from the World Bank Water & Sanitation division. The exercise began with field visits to all the 50 water supply stations managed by ZINWA and is expected to be completed at the end of October 2014. These 50 stations were selected to represent all seven catchment councils managed by ZINWA.

The study also included assisting ZINWA to prepare 7 priority projects (one project for each catchment) for submission of bid documentation to enable ZINWA to take these projects for tender. Hydro-Utilities facilitated a series of meetings and workshops with ZINWA catchment managers, technicians and engineers to guide them in producing tender drawings, specifications and bills of quantities up to World Bank standard and format.

The Zimbabwe Small Towns Water Supply Project in summary includes the following components (i) investment for repair, rehabilitation and expansion, (ii) institutional strengthening of ZINWA as an autonomous water utility and for project implementation, (provided for by Castalia), (iii) understanding the capacity of local authorities to contract with service providers and oversee development of their water supply systems, and (i) exploring options to leverage available financing. Training needs were also identified during the field visits. The Hydro-Utilities local team was led by Eng. Thami Mpala, a Water Engineer and a Partner at Hydro-Utilities.




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