WaterWorX project: WOP Ethiopia Addis Ababa Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia
  • Ethiopia - Addis Ababa Water and Sewage Authority (AAWSA)

Water Operator Partnership for Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Project area
The project is focused on the water utility of Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA). They operate mainly within the administrative boundaries of Addis, however many of its water sources are located outside of the city, creating necessity and opportunity for cooperation in the region.

Project aim
The WaterWorX programme in Addis Ababa is subtitled: "Non-revenue Water reduction in Addis Ababa and Water Utility Benchmarking in Ethiopia". It seeks to build on the work which has been done under the S2TAB project using the experience and relations that have formed during its implementation.

The WWX project aimed at contributing to attaining SDG6 and the Netherlands Government WASH strategy by ensuring a sustainable drinking water supply to millions of people mainly in urban areas of developing and transition countries. Phase I commenced in 2019 until the end of 2021. 

WaterWorX phase I achievements:

  • Improve management leadership capacity and performances of the Utility Federation and member utilities, 
  • Increase access to water supply for (pro-poor) people by developing and implementing the pro-poor investment Strategy (30,000 people),  
  • Reduce Non-Revenue Water (NRW) level of targeted DMAs from baseline through capacitating AAWSA NRW team, developing NRW reduction strategy for selected branches, and implementation of DMAs, and  
  • Improve AAWSA’s operational and maintenance capacities and practices. 

WaterWorX phase II project objectives are the following:  

  • Extend the network and improve service levels to at least basic, and to some extent, safely managed services 
  • Make step-change improvements in maturity level and pro-poor focus of their working processes, and resulting KPIs 
  • Started implementing (climate) resilient investment projects that cumulatively provide either first-time access or improve service levels for an additional 150,000 people in Addis Ababa.

For more information please contact:

Daniel Truneh, Resident Project Manager in Ethiopia

Daniel Truneh
Regional Team Leader