Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa
Tetra Tech is leading the Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program to improve access to safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable water and sanitation services for the unserved and underserved urban populations in sub-Sahara Africa. The U.S. Agency for International Development -funded program is fostering urban water sector reforms to solve the policy, institutional, regulatory, and operational challenges hindering the effective delivery of sustainable water and sanitation services for urban residents in Africa.
The SUWASA program works through various modalities, including urban water sector reforms to increase sector autonomy, governance, and accountability; regulatory reforms and economic regulation of water service providers to ensure effective and efficient delivery of water and sanitation services to customers; utility reforms for increased performance and customer orientation; and the identification and testing of innovative capital finance mechanisms to help water utilities better serve informal and peri-urban settlements. SUWASA is working in Ethiopia Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia to attain a long-term financial sustainability of water sector interventions through applying market-based principles in a collaborative approach with governments and service providers.
Tetra Tech is helping build relationships under the SUWASA program that foster the development of innovative finance products to create the frameworks necessary to attract much-needed water sector investments in the nine-country region. The water utility in Kisumu, Kenya, was able to secure financing to improve access to safe, reliable, affordable, and demand-driven water solutions. The financing's final result is more than 35 kilometers of new water pipes installed; 75 community water chambers; 1,500 household meters; and water service to 1,500 households in the Nyamasaria neighborhood of Kisumu. Consumers will now receive twice as much water as they did before for about half the price. The utility has expanded both their customer base and increased annual profits by 10 percent. In addition, utilities in Ethiopia and Nigeria have adopted new tariff structures resulting in improved cost recovery. The Ethiopia utility is now able to cover all its operations and maintenance costs, but it is also left with a surplus used to repay its loans, while operating revenue has increased by more than 80 percent.
"On behalf of the U.S. Mission, let me begin by thanking everyone for attending this event and acknowledging the importance of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program in Nigeria...With technical assistance from SUWASA, the Bauchi State Water Board formed revenue improvement task teams to improve revenue collection and efficiency in water utilization. For the first time, high-volume consumers are metered and compelled to pay for what they consume, resulting in higher revenues and improved efficiency in water use by these consumers. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts from all the players in the water sector in undertaking this commitment to making the necessary steps to achieve tangible improvement...As I applaud the commitment by our SUWASA Implementing Partner, Tetra Tech, I want to emphasize that we all have an important role and responsibility in the solution of the world’s most pressing problems. No section of society can address these problems alone. Here in Nigeria efforts to improve the livelihoods of Bauchi citizens cannot be possible without the active participation of Tetra Tech. In joining this partnership, they’re acknowledging and accepting their role as a key partner in attaining the Millennium Development Goals we have set before us."
The remarks were made by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terence MCCulley, on the Urban Water Reforms MOU Signing.