Zimbabwe / Chinhoyi, Gweru, Kadoma, Kariba: Training Programme for Water loss reduction
Sachsen Wasser GmbH of Leipzig has been contracted to develop and implement a Capacity Building Programme for Water Loss Reduction in Zimbabwe, for up to 150 Trainees from various Local Water Authorities throughout the country. The Project is funded by the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and consists of three major training sessions spanning several weeks. The contract volume amounts to roughly 150,000 Euro, and overall project running time is 5 months. Aiming at an increased efficiency and sustainability of municipal and rural water supply service provision in Zimbabwe, the Training Programme targets water supply employees of local authorities and related national institutions, whose knowledge and practical skills for water loss management will be enhanced.
The Basic Training for Trainees with little previous know how is carried out for selected urban authorities but also includes Trainees from rural catchment areas. The Advanced Training is directed at specified Urban Local Authorities (ULAs) that have already been partners of the GIZ Programme, especially at the Water Task Forces of the Cities of Chinhoyi, Gweru, Kadoma and Kariba. This training includes practical coaching in special water loss techniques and equipment, e.g. night flow measurements, application of ultrasonic flow measurement devices, correlators, data loggers and electro-acoustic leak detection equipment.
The third and final Training will be the development of tailor-made Water Loss Reduction Strategies that the Sachsen Wasser Trainers will develop in close cooperation with each of the four Partner Cities.
Sachsen Wasser’s involvement in the African water sector has started a few years back with projects in Tanzania, Egypt and Mauretania. Besides Zimbabwe, the company is currently engaged in water projects in Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya.