Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) had approximately 2500 km of Water Supply pipeline network under its control, conveying 1794 MLD of potable water through 3 Surface treatment Plants and approximately 485 tube wells. The water supply system of the city was characterized by high non-revenue. water (NRW), inadequate and intermittent supply coupled with frequent leakages. This had resulted in low customer confidence on DWASA. Overdependence on the ground water along with high rate of failure of tube wells to maintain the discharge, frequent replacement of pumps, old and weary distribution system calling for constant repair had resulted in a situation that needed to be urgently addressed. In order to redress the issues, DWASA, with assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) was implementing Dhaka Water Supply Sector Development Project (DWSSDP) with specific emphasis on improving water supply for the city dwellers. This TA project was an effort to identify the reasons for recurrent failure of tube wells and pumps and recommend ways for their sustainable and economic performance in the long run.
MSL provided the services of individual consultants involved in legal, regulatory and financial management technical assistance to DWASA and ADB. Services included, but not limited to the following:
- Reviewing the existing regulatory framework for water supply sector in Bangladesh;
- Reviewing the regulatory commissions of power and telecom sector in Bangladesh, focusing on function, effectiveness and staffing;
- Reviewing and summarizing the good practices of regulatory framework for water supply sector in Asia;
- Proposing options to improve regulatory framework for water supply sector in Bangladesh;
- Supporting the LGD’s committee to finalize the proposal on regulatory framework to the Cabinet.
Timeframe: July, 2009 - December, 2009
Realated Countries: Bangladesh
Client(s): ADB, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA), GOB
Categories: Legal and Regulatory/ Business Plan Development, Water Supply and Sanitation, Project Management and Implementation