| AWWA to train water professionals in India, Africa on utility managementWater utilities in India and parts of Africa will soon have access to ...| AWWA to train water professionals in India, Africa on utility management
Water utilities in India and parts of Africa will soon have access to training on utility management practices through a new grant-funded project of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Hands at an outdoor water faucetAWWA was selected to develop a series of virtual and in-person workshops based on its 14 utility management standards as part of a greater international initiative sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). (Photo courtesy of ROCKBlue)
AWWA and its partners will develop and deliver training in at least two locations in India beginning later this year through 2022, and in the African countries of Malawi, Zambia and Lesotho beginning in 2022 through 2023.
“Our workshops will focus on the standards that help establish the practices and management procedures that well-run utilities should have in place to operate efficiently and provide reliable service to customers,” said Paul Olson, AWWA’s senior manager of standards programs.
USAID and ANSI have worked together over the past decade to support educational projects that promote the use of standards in developing countries. The goal is to increase the self-reliance and resilience of utilities in these countries, as well as their capacity to provide better services and infrastructure for their citizens.
USAID is awarding a total of $5 million in grants to organizations supporting education, the use of standards, and support of gender inclusivity across the globe, including to AWWA. ANSI is facilitating the effort.