Working to improve water supply

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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HELPING SAMOA: A J.I.C.A official explains the work being done for the C.E.P.S.O project during a media tour recently.

HELPING SAMOA: A J.I.C.A official explains the work being done for the C.E.P.S.O project during a media tour recently.

The Alaoa Water Supply Scheme is one of the many ways the Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A) is helping Samoa.

And by the end of 2019 when the project is complete, it is envisioned that people living in the town area closer to the Alaoa Water Scheme will enjoy safer and a more stable water supply.

That’s thanks to the Capacity Enhancement Project being carried out between the Samoa Water Authority and Okinawa. It started in 2014.

C.E.P.S.O is a five-year project. Toaigaoaloalii Mathew Wendt, Non-Revenue Water Engineer at the Samoa Water Authority, said the project is designed to improve the capacity of S.W.A through the activity of Non-Revenue Water Reduction and Water Quality Improvement in the town area.

“It looks at enhancing the capacity of pipeline works and leak repairs,” he said. 

The project is also looking at water distribution management with appropriate pressure control. 

“It will also look at detecting leakages and improving water quality and management.”

Ten Japanese Experts from Okinawa Prefecture have worked with S.W.A to improve their knowledge and skills on waterworks. 

And J.I.C.A will continue to dispatch experts from Okinawa throughout the project period to further build capacity of S.W.A.

In addition, trainings that are conducted in Okinawa for S.W.A staffs are also part of capacity building. 

Other sites included the Urban Untreated Supply Schemes Rehabilitated Project in Vailima and Tapatapao. 

 

Information about C.E.P.S.O

C.E.P.S.O is a five year project which began in August 2014 for the purpose of capacity development of S.W.A through the activity of Non-Revenue Water Reduction and Water Quality Improvement in town area, targeting Alaoa Water Supply Scheme.

Since the start of the project, ten (10) Japanese experts from Okinawa Prefecture in the areas of water distribution management, water quality, pipeline works, asset management, leak detection, water balance analysis, and ecological purification system, have worked with S.W.A staffs to improve their knowledge and skills on waterworks. J.I.C.A will continue to dispatch experts from Okinawa throughout the project period to further build capacity of S.W.A.

In addition, trainings that are conducted in Okinawa for S.W.A staffs are also part of capacity building. The aim is to increase their capacity to detect and repair leakages and to improve water distribution management for reduction of non-revenue water – the most challenging issue facing S.W.A. The technical training will better equip them to deal with these situations.

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