Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers

ATAWAS

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AWAC2020

The Annual Water Conference 2020 (AWAC2020) is going to take place in Dodoma this year in November. For the 8th time we will invite stakeholders from the water and sanitation sector to present and discuss. This is an excellent opportunity for all to meet colleagues, learn about new developments, exhibit products and services. Skills competition, ATAWAS Annual General Meeting and field visits will also be part of the program. Visit our website to get more information.

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CALL FOR INNOVATORS

A platform in AWAC 2020 that give Innovators opportunities to express, share and introduce ideas to the public /stakeholders. If you have any idea related to water sector kindly Apply for the slot before the Deadline.

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New Affiliate Members

Four new affiliate members have acquired ATAWAS membership in the last few months. Find out more about each of them: Water Mission Tanzania, Equiplus Company Limited, Peritus Exim Private Limited, Scientific & Chemicals Limited.

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ATAWAS Newsletter Relaunched

We have just published our first newsletter for some time. Read interesting stories from our members. The stories in this issue are: Water in Times of the Coronavirus, Workshop on Meter Reading Skills, Member Profile: EquiPlus, Workshop on Financing Projects for Water Supply & Sanitation Services, Skills Competitions: More Than Fun and Games, Going Spatial: Using Open Source GIS to Improve Utility Performance, Changing Perspectives: From Rainwater as Disastrous to Rainwater as a Blessing, Oldonyosambu: Hatimaye sasa ni maji bombani, Maji ya Ziwa Viktoria yafika Tabora kuimarisha huduma ya maji kwa wananchi, Role of the Private Sector in Water and Sanitation Services, Get to know the ATAWAS Board

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GIS Workshop in Dodoma

The workshop on development of a GIS data model for the water utilities in Tanzania was initiated as a result of one of the actions captured in a GIS workshop held in Singida in October 2019 by I4ID and ATAWAS. Participants from the water utilities were invited to a workshop session on 19th to 21st February 2020 at Nashera Hotel in Dodoma. The invitation specifically targeted GIS practitioners; most of them were already organized in a GIS-focussed WhatsApp group and attended the GIS workshop in Singida in October 2019. Participants for the workshop were invited from all Regional WSSAs (including ZAWA), selected District WSSAs (Makambako, Kahama), Ministry of Water, EWURA and RUWASA. The developed data model will, after endorsement from the Ministry of Water and EWURA, be rolled out to the water utilities' GIS platforms and will allow easier data exchange and joint data analysis.

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Workshop on Effective Meter Reading in Iringa

A workshop on improving meter reading skills was held on 11th to 13th February 2020 in Iringa. The workshop was organised by ATAWAS in collaboration with GIZ Water Programme, and Integration (GIZ-Consultant assigned to promote employability and skills development), following the request from Mbeya Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (WSSA) to strengthen skills and performance of its Sales Assistants in the areas of water meter reading. The two and a half day’s workshop attracted 33 participants from Mbeya, Tunduma and Songea, trainers from Water Institute, Iringa WSSA, GIZ and Integration. The workshop was designed in consideration of the AWAC Water Skills Competition, which took place in Zanzibar last November. Workshop contents and delivery provided best knowledge, skills and attitudes to Sales Assistants for effective meter reading and reporting practices. The workshop included field sessions and a competition.

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Skills Competition 2019

The Skills Competition in 2019 was done under the theme TUTHAMINI MAJI - TUSOME DIRA KWA MAKINI. Reading water meters was put into the context of non-revenue water management, utility performance and customer relation management. The winners of the contests was Kahama WSSA, followed by Geita WSSA and Mwanza WSSA on second rank and Morogoro WSSA being third. Among the student contestants, the Water Institute scored best and reached a total score that would place them well as fourth winner among the water utilities.

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Workshop on Financing Water and Sanitation Projects

A workshop on financing of projects for water supply and sanitation services was conducted from 5th to 7th November 2019 in Arusha and was attended by key decision makers in the water and sanitation sub-sector.

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GIS Workshop in Singida

In Tanzania, the information on the current status of Geographical Information System (GIS) usage among the water utilities is sporadic – little is known about the extent to which water utilities use GIS in mapping their network and assets; planning for viable network expansion; and incorporating add-on such as hydraulic modelling. In order to have proper understanding of the current usage of GIS among water utilities in the country, ATAWAS and Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID) organized a two days’ workshop (17th/18th October) in Singida with the purpose of sharing the results of a survey on GIS usage and allow participants to share their experience and learnings on GIS usage from their utilities. The workshop was attended by participants from regional WSSAs, district WSSAs, and national project WSSA, the Ministry of Water and RUWASA.

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