Group at Water and Sewerage Office, Thompson Blvd. and at the concluding sessions at IDB, East Bay Street.
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago recently
received funding for a Technical Exchange visit to The Bahamas and
Jamaica on the topic of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction.
and hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Bahamas
country office in Nassau, the objective of the exchange was to build the
capacity of a Bahamian team, that includes partners from The Ministry
of Public Utilities, and The Water and Sewerage Corporation.
the Honorable Robert Le Hunte, a delegate from Trinidad and Tobago,
explained that the sessions were impactful. “The purpose of this session
in The Bahamas was really to look at the IDB-funded project with MIYA
[Please spell out MIYA], and what were their successes have been
regarding NRW, such as producing NRW within the island.
added that most important element of the exchange visit was the focus
on the pros and cons associated with the contract, with the view of
seeing how all interested parties can learn from this process, and how
some of these changes or some of the benefits of what this company did
to reduce NRW in The Bahamas could also be implemented within Trinidad
Senator Le Hunte further
emphasized: “All in all, it was a tremendous meeting. IDB’s information
was greatly appreciated and the funding and assistance which they gave
Other benefits of the
exchange visit included sharing of best practices in NRW reduction, the
use of innovative contract modalities and cost savings in operations and
maintenance, discussions on operational and maintenance issues faced by
The Water and Sewerage Corporation, and general collaboration among
industry thought leaders.
Rocio Medina Bolivar,
the IDB’s country representative in Trinidad and Tobago, noted, “We at
the IDB’s office in Port of Spain supported this delegation from the
Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Authorities in Trinidad and
Tobago. It was an excellent experience talking with the Bahamian Water
and Sewerage authorities and with the Bahamian Minister of Public Works.
The Trinidadian delegation is very happy with all the things that they
can learn about the performance-based contract that The Bahamas has
implemented. It has achieved excellent results. We’re moving ahead with
sending a delegation to Jamaica, so we’re looking forward to that
exchange as well.”
Noam Komy, the Vice
President for Strategy and Corporate Development of MIYA Bahamas,
commented, “I want to thank the IDB and Bahamas Water and Sewerage for a
very well-organized event. I think there were fruitful discussions, in
which we learned a lot from each other about the challenges and success
of this project, and how to implement it in other Caribbean countries.
Water and Sewerage and the IDB are our partners, and we are excited for
the opportunity to share the successes of this project, and hopefully
repeat the same in other countries in the future.”
Tavera, MIYA Project Manager in The Bahamas, added, “I saw this project
developing from the beginning. We have gone through several challenges,
countless hours of work, day and night. It has been an amazing
experience working alongside the Water and Sewerage Corporation and
observing how the results come in day after day. We still have a long
way to go, since now the goal is keeping the same level of NRW for the
coming years. This is not so easy, but I am sure we are on the right
track. I am proud to have been part of it.”
- Jade Govia from Trinidad’s Ministry of Public Utilities stated, “This
technical exchange was very exciting for me to actually see NRW in
action and how The Bahamas was able to really improve and bring better
service to their customers because of reducing NRW. I think that we can
definitely learn from what has taken place here and we’ll be definitely
taking some of the lessons back to Trinidad and Tobago.”
always, we are pleased to collaborate with all partners involved as
well as to assist in bringing thought leaders together to share best
practices and achieve shared common goals,” added Daniela
Carerra-Marquis, the IDB’s country representative in The Bahamas.