RECORDING PLENARY: Challenges in Water Capacity and Implementation 2

Plenary of WED 27 May: a reflective discussion on leadership, change-making, and building state capability. This discussion is built up from Dr Muhairwe and Dr Pritchett professional experiences in the water sector and in research - of how to build state capability and education, respectively.

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Anna San Llorente Capdevila

Community Manager, IHE Delft

Alumni of IHE Delft from the Master's programme of Erasmus Mundus Groudnwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptations. Academic background starts with Bsc in Marine biology and Oceanography at the Unviersity of Southampton. After graduating she moved onto collecting further science experience in various fields: ranging from hydro-geology, engineering, to citizen science. Alongside her science skills she has always been an advocate science communication, and for this reason she is now working in Science Communication at IHE Delft.
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Go to the profile of Aishetu Abdulkadir
about 1 year ago

Thank very much for your presentation that was highly educating. Also, it revealed the need for reorganization of relevant institutions.

Go to the profile of José Raúl Pérez Durán
about 1 year ago

The message of Dr. Muhairwe is certainly important for water professionals, that need to believe in what they are doing and also to be inspiring to produce real learning and innovations that lead to reforms. Dr. Pritchett has also communicated very well been, showing that only structure and infrastructure for the water sector it is enough to produce reforms and development, both seen as a system and also pertaining to the establishment objectives and involving a purpose driven institutional culture to reach agreed and perfectly understood  development objectives. However, one real obstacle that water managers should not forget they face in trying to unleash that potential to motivate and create such working and performance culture, is convincing politicians and directors of water institutions, and often counteracting wrong procedures and approaches to providing solutions of the preference of both directors of water utilities, water agencies and officials in different ministries, plus a whole host of politicians at all levels permeating  institutions with their influence.   

It is not impossible to overcome or even bypass this challenge, but it should not be seen as a small matter that sometimes become real threats to changes and reforms.    

José Raúl Pérez Durán (INDRHI – water resources institute - Dominican Republic)

Go to the profile of Dr. Mohammed Dan-Hassan
about 1 year ago

Thank you all for the thought-provoking presentations.

In most if our water utilities in Nigeria, the right policies and frame works for operations and management are available. The major concern lies with implementation, which is myriad by poor attitude to work ethics and engaging in breakdown maintenance rather than preventive maintenance.


Other major concerns include unaccounted water (water losses) or nonrevenue water, which gets up to 40 to 60%, low revenue collection capacity, poor emergency maintenance response, lack of autonomy that gives rise to bureaucratic bottlenecks and inadequate funding.

Three Water Corporations have tilted towards autonomy or partial autonomy, with Government regulating tariff settings and funding.

The human factor always plays it's  influence in the works and services, in terms of new water connections, metering systems, database administration, non- reflection of payments by customers, etc.

The adoption of technology in the systems tries to balance the amount of water produced with the one actually consumed by the customers and then match it with the revenue generated on a monthly basis. The online payment system has been introduced in FCT Water Board, Abuja, Nigeria, in addition to  direct payment through the banks. 


The frequency of water quality monitoring and surveillance has reduced but it is still being conducted at strategic points in the water supply chain.

Our rural areas solely depend on harnessing the available groundwater resources to meet their water needs. For the rural areas, it is completely a social service. However, we put in place a system of ownership to ensure sustainability of the facilities. On the Overall, potable water supply coverage in the Federal Capital Territory (8,000 sq. metres) is estimated at about 65%.

There's a lot to be done, especially, due to the recent influx of people, beyond the planned capacity. The facilities have become overstretched.

The impact of COVID- 19 pandemic and dwindling financial resources will have a major set back on the targets and planned progress.


Best regards.


M. A. Dan-Hassan, PhD.

Head of Department,

Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Dept., FCT Water Board, Area 3, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria. +2348033046172





Go to the profile of Dr. Mohammed Dan-Hassan
about 1 year ago

*(8,000 sq. Kilometers)