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Comprehensive Efficiency Project to Improve Water Service
Metro Kingston, Jamaica

Overview

 

In 2015, Miya signed a 5-year $42.5M water efficiency project with partner NWC (National Water Commission). The goal is to maximize KSA (Kingston and Saint Andrew Area) water system efficiency, with NRW estimated at 54% (in 2015), to bring savings of more than 85M liters (23M gallons) of fresh water per day, enough water to supply some 600,000 people.

This unique co-management project focuses on building professional NRW capacity within NWC, while increasing water network efficiency. The project is fully funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and includes performance based fees, to be paid only if contract targets are achieved.

A water conservation program for the local community will also be run as part of this project.

 

Project Goal


The essential goals of the project are to improve water utility operations by substantially reducing potable water leakage, and build customer support by providing better service.

 

Project Scope

 

The project includes a comprehensive suite of co-management water efficiency solutions, involving strategic and financial planning based on local NRW audits. This will be followed by water infrastructure improvements, devised specifically for the island.

 

  • Baseline survey
  • Local NRW audits
  • Infrastructure improvements, including water pressure control, district metering, locating and repairing leaks and repairing or replacing pipes
  • Implementation of an advanced water data and system management solution
  • Training WSC staff in NRW reduction activities
  • Creation of local jobs within and supporting the project
  • Water efficiency education program in local school

 

Financial Highlights


  • Signed 5-years, estimated total project cost $42.5M water efficiency project in Jamaica
  • Relatively small  performance-based compensation
  • The Jamaican Government secured an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan, of which a significant part is designated specifically for NRW reduction efforts
  • Savings generated from the project will be used to fund it in its later stages and continue post-project for a high ROI.

 

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