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Pilot Study and Master Plan for the rehabilitation of the water distribution network and energy saving in the City of Santiago de Cuba. Capacity building of Santiago Water Enterprise

Objectives: Implementation of a policy of leakage reduction and energy saving in the water distribution network of Santiago. Drafting of the master plan for the water network rehabilitation.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable land use management, including water, soil and vegetation in affected areas
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: Ministry for the Environment and Territory (Italy), EVIMED, National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INHR), Municipal Water Enterprise of Santiago (Cuba)
Contents: The city of Santiago suffers from severe water scarcity which have been accentuated in the last years as a consequence of the droughts derived from climate changes. It adds to the problem the aging and poorly maintained infrastructure dedicated to water treatment and distribution which has caused leakage to rise to 80% of the water put into supply. In addition, excessive energy is consumed as a result of the low performance and obsolescence of the electromechanical equipment leading to polluting air emissions. The project focuses on the rehabilitation of the water distribution system through the implementation of a pilot project for leakage reduction and energy saving. The most advanced technologies and equipment available in Italy will be provided. They include solar panels, flow and pressure meters, leakage detectors, pumps, valves, software and hardware.
The project involves also the drafting of the Master Plan for the rehabilitation of the entire water supply and distribution network. The analysis of the project viability as well as the identification of potential financial sources will be carried out. Intensive training of local technicians will be provided.
Means of Implementation: Project total cost: 2.119.456,00 EURO
Italian Ministry for the Environment and Territory’s financial contribution: 1.025.422,00 EURO
Other contribution: INRHN and Santiago Water Enterprice: 1.094.034 CP
INHR and Santiago Water Enterprise contribute by making available work force and a part of the material required for pipe rehabilitation.
EVIMED provides the local partners with technical and management know-how to optimise the performance of the water distribution network. It will also supplies hardware and software equipment as well as material for pipe and plant rehabilitation, and specific instruments for leakage control.
Target year: 2004
Target Area/Place: Cuba - City of Santiago de Cuba
Expected Outcome(S): 1. Reduced management and operational costs.

2. Decreased capital expenditures resulting from a leakage control policy.

3. Reduced costs for power consumption.

4. Estimated emission reduction of CO2 by 30%.

5. Preparation of financial assessment report and the economic-financial model to set the procedures for access to the international funding required for the execution of the overall project.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to the managing of natural resources as a base for sustainable development in particular:
- introducing measures to improve the efficiency of water infrastructure to reduce losses;
- develop integrated water resources management and water efficiency plans by 2005;
- adopting prevention and protection measures to promote sustainable water use and to address water shortages;
- reduce power consumption and CO2 emissions.
Other Information:
(Contact): Valeria Clara Rizzo
Italian Ministry for Environment and Territory
Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 44 00147 Roma
Phone: 0039-06- 5722-8106/09
Fax: 0039-06-5722-8178 E-mail:
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