Water Supply Sustainability through Integrated Water Management - Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship 2013
In 2013 IWC hosted 14 professionals from the Nepal Town Development Fund (TDF) during a four-week professional development program.
Project Category: Education & Training
Key Areas of Work: Public health
Project Date: Nov 01, 2013
This program aimed to build the capacity of the Fellows to improve sustainability of water supply and sanitation service delivery at their organisations through an Integrated Water Management (IWM) approach; a relatively new concept in the Nepali water and sanitation sector. It was envisaged that this would occur via knowledge exchange and collaboration with the Town Development Fund (TDF) and its partner institutions (1) the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS) under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MPPW) and (2) public water utilities under local government administration.
Prior to this program, the Fellows were unaware of integrated water management (IWM) and the concept of ‘whole-of-water-cycle management’, as they generally focus on supplying water to households with little regard for environmental outcomes. This was addressed by introducing the Fellows to aspects of IWM not widely practised in Nepal, including:
- river basin management;
- governance and the enabling environment;
- demand management at the household level;
- stormwater treatment using wetlands and other ecologically-oriented technologies;
- solid waste management (focus on impacts on water sources) water source protection;
- water safety planning; and investigation of the links between public health and water supply and sanitation, emphasising tools for health risk assessment and mitigation.
The program was hosted primarily at the University of Western Australia (UWA), with a number of site visits and study tours in and around Perth and the UWA campus. The final week of the program was hosted by the IWC in Brisbane, with a number of workshops, learning, and wrap-up activities to finish the program.