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Issue 37: Funding and Fees: Solutions for Recovering Costs (May 2008)

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Archives Issue 37, May 2008  

Funding and Fees
Solutions for Recovering Costs

Water utilities need significant investments to improve and sustain their services. Commercial principles can help them raise revenues, which is why achieving cost recovery is crucial. This issue features examples of water utilities working to improve their services with the fees and other contributions from water users.

Champion of Reform

Rogelio Singson:
Maynilad’s New Lease on Life

How does Maynilad Water Services, Inc. President Rogelio Singson intend to recover the utility’s investments, including $240 million in recent debt service and an estimated $78.5 million planned capital expenditure? “Manage nonrevenue water, improve organizational efficiency, and adjust tariff,” he says. Will his strategy work?



When service is poor, consumers are reluctant to pay, leading to lower revenues and poorer service. How can utilities stop this vicious cycle?

Can water utilities that are in red turn the tides around and even attain full cost recovery? Yes, but first they must charge.

Can socialized water tariffs, which charge different rates for Mongolia’s nomadic tribes and urban dwellers, lead to full cost recovery?



Austria Contributes US$5M to Water Financing Partnership Facility
Austria joins Australia, Norway, and the Netherlands as donors to the Water Financing Partnership Facility, bringing total contributions to $60 million. The facility supports ADB’s Water Financing Program 2006–2010, which seeks to help millions of Asians address their water challenges.

Asian Utilities’ Nonrevenue Water Management Course Concludes
Representatives from 31 South Asian and Southeast Asian water utilities assessed their nonrevenue water performance and began plans for improvement at the nonrevenue water management course organized by ADB and the World Bank Institute. Two follow-up workshops are planned this year.

Inaugural Singapore International Water Week All Set
With the theme “Sustainable Water Solutions for Cities,” this 23-27 June event will showcase technologies, explore opportunities for water management, and present the first Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to solving water issues.

ADB’s Regional Forum on Small Piped Water Networks Concludes
“Small piped water networks can become part of our solutions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” said ADB’s Xianbin Yao at a recent forum in Manila where ADB pilot projects on small piped water networks in India, the Philippines, and Viet Nam were presented and discussed.

New ADB Venture Promotes Public-Private Partnerships in Water
The Asia Infrastructure Project Development Pte. Ltd. (AIPD), ADB’s new venture with Singapore-based partners, will assist Asian countries in developing viable public-private partnership projects in water supply, sanitation, and wastewater treatment. Projects in the People’s Republic of China are on the drawing board.

People’s Republic of China: ADB Supports Environmental Infrastructure Development in Xinjiang
ADB will provide a $105 million loan to PRC to improve environmental infrastructure, including water supply and wastewater, in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The project will strengthen cross-border trade, promote economic growth, and protect the environment of the country’s poorest and most remote parts.


Knowledge Products

New Water Brief: Climate, Water and Development

Climate change is an environmental and economic issue that the poverty-stricken Asia-Pacific must prepare for. How is ADB helping countries adapt?

Data Book of Southeast Asian Water Utilities

The South East Asian Water Utilities Network completed its 2nd benchmarking program, covering 40 water utilities. Read the data and analysis.

4-5 Jun Conference on Water Resource Systems Management under Extreme Conditions (Moscow, Russia)
11-13 Jun Sustainable Irrigation 2008 (Alicante, Spain)
11-14 Jun Expo Zaragoza 2008—Water and Sustainable Development (Zaragoza, Spain)
16-21 Jun 4th European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) International Conference on River Restoration (Venice, Italy)
23-25 Jun World Cities Summit (Singapore)
23-27 Jun Singapore International Water Week (Singapore)
27-28 June International Conference on Water-Related Disaster Reduction (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

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