WaterWorX project: WOP Oromia Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia
  • Ethiopia - Modjo Water Supply and Sewerage Service Enterprise (MTWSSSE)
  • Ethiopia - Dukem Town Water Supply and Sewerage Service Enterprise (DTWSSSE)
  • Ethiopia - Ambo Water and Sewerage Service Enterprise (ATWSSSE)
  • Ethiopia - Oromia Water and Energy Resource Development Bureau (OWERDB)
Region: Ambo, Dukem and Modjo Town
Period: 2022-2026
Project Partners: Oromia Water and Energy Bureau, Ambo Town Water and Sewerage Service Enterprise, Dukem Town Water and Sewerage Service Enterprise, Modjo Town Water and Sewerage Service Enterprise
Funding: WaterWorX program by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Sustainable Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Services for the people in Ambo, Dukem and Modjo Towns

Project area
The project is focused on the Oromia regional state. This is located centrally in Ethiopia and home to the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, the Oromos. The partner utilities under the WWX Oromia WOP are the states capital Adama, as well as Ambo, Nekemte, Modjo and Dukem. These cities have large populations and are growing at a very fast pace due to the strong urbanization dynamics in Ethiopia.

This WWX –project will address the problems related to water supply and sanitation with in the utilities of Adama, Bishoftu, Ambo, Dukem, Mojo and Nekemte. The main problem of the utilities is lack of capacity both financially and technically to operate, maintain and invest in water infrastructure. During the observation interviews with the managers most of the utilities raised scarcity of water supply and shortage of budget.

Over the last four years, the WWX Oromia have achieved a number of key objectives in four TWSSSEs such as: 

  • Improved management capacity and performances of the utilities (TWSSSEs) through capacity building and exchange of best practices.  
  • Increased access to water supply for (pro-poor) people by developing and implementing the pro-poor investment Strategy. 
  • Improved the financial position of the TWSSSEs by improving customer service, Reading, billing, collection and finance. 
  • Strengthened the enabling environment of TWSSSEs in terms of  policies, laws & regulations and financing 

The main objectives of the WWX Oromia at the end of 2026 is to enable the utilities to:

  1. Extend the network and improve service levels to at least basic, and to some extent, safely managed services
  2. Make step-change improvements in maturity level and pro-poor focus of their working processes, and resulting KPIs
  3. Have started implementing (climate) resilient investment projects that cumulatively provide either first-time access or improve service levels (safely managed) for an additional 63,900 people.

For more information please contact:

Wonde Hirpa, Project Manager in Ethiopia

Wonde Hirpa