New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Thursday it will help 30 urban centres in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to improve water management to enhance economic opportunities and reduce water-borne diseases.
“Intermittent water supplies are the norm in South Asian urban centers. There are no strategies to make water available 24 hours a day, which is one of the most important objectives in urban water management system,” the bank said.
This has resulted in water contamination and wastage, unreliable metering, and burst pipes, the multilateral lending agency said in a press release.
The project is funded through an $850,000 grant from the Investment Climate Facilitation Fund established by Japan last year under the Regional Cooperation and Integration Financing Partnership Facility, which supports technical assistance projects.
“Through the technical assistance, up to 30 urban centres in the three South Asian countries will acquire technology and expertise in managing the water sector,” the bank said.
The technical assistance will determine geographical and population coverage of service areas in the chosen centres, assess if drinking water supply complies with acceptable quality standards, and if waste water management affects the quality of groundwater, aquifers, and other water sources.
The project will also determine the levels of non-revenue water, operational efficiencies, and operations management system of the select urban centers, ADB said.
“Proper assessment, planning, and management of water-related issues require reliable data on critical factors related to urban water security,” said KyeongAe Choe, principal urban development specialist of ADB’s South Asia Department.