Water Operator Partnerships
Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) are arrangements in which water companies cooperate and share their experience and knowledge on a not-for-profit basis. WOPs are promoted by the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). The thought behind WOPs is that water utilities can learn from more experienced colleagues. By setting up a partnership, two water companies can team up and learn, without having to wait for external organisations to establish contacts and develop projects.
Vitens Evides International prefers to cooperate with local water companies in developing or transition countries through a Water Operator Partnership. WOPs allow us to jointly assess the needs of the local water company and to design a flexible support programme targeting these needs. Vitens Evides International is in the position to develop WOPs at its own cost and to make substantial contributions towards their implementation. Although Vitens Evides International can contribute towards development of WOPs, it is evident that donor financing is required during the implementation phase.