Developing Diagnosis Techniques and Strategies to Reduce swim in the Middle East Region -USAID-FABRI project

Date: April 2014 To January 2016


This project analyses utility operations and related NRW parameters in addition to underlying external and internal factors that affect these parameters. It will identify the top factors/influencers and to what level they can affect NRW reduction programs. It will also develop strategies that will be adopted by utilities and governments to further improve NRW levels sustainably and increase efficiency, and provide a framework for monitoring and evaluation. It will also set the stage for utilities to seek funding for identified infrastructure development initiatives/projects nationally or from donor agencies.

Objectives and results of the action:

It will achieve this through establishing a NRW task force in ACWUA from its constituent utilities that will also work in cooperation with the African Water Association (AfWA) NRW water team. We will even develop joint activities to be carried out by both ACWUA and AfWA. This will support our regional work and extension and leverage the experience of AfWA as well.

The research project will also leverage the knowledge base that has been established within ACWUA through its Technical Working Groups. We will utilize the results of the work of those TWGs to inform our understanding of the contextual factors underlying NRW in the region and accordingly our scope and design details of the research activities and identifying subject utilities.

The main objectives of this research program are to:

  • Analyze the causes for high NRW in the Arab Region utilities and investigate the reasons behind fluctuations in NRW management performance through understanding the underlying factors and challenges related to sector governance, utility organization and structures, operational systems and functions, nature of supply and services, and network physical status
  • Develop the capacity within ACWUA to provide support to its utility members to target NRW reduction and advance utilities efforts to improve performance.
  • Create and strengthen a permanent NRW task force within ACWUA as a continuing technical resource to the region, particularly for expanding the effort to new utilities.
  • Support ACWUA utilities in developing and implementing action plans to reduce NRW.

Build linkages and knowledge exchange platforms between ACWUA and AfWA members through common research on NRW problems in the region


  • Jordan (Miyahuna and Aqaba Water),
  • Egypt (HCWW), Yemen,
  • Tunisia (SONEDE)


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