WATERLINKS HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING EFFICIENT WATER UTILITIES THROUGH WATER OPERATORS PARTNERSHIPS (WOPs) IN KIWW 2017.
WaterLinks attended the Korea International Water Week in September 2017 in Gyeongju, Korea. Executive Director Mai Flor, and Partnership Coordinator Yolanda Gomez, made a presentation based on the implementation of select WOPs in Asia. Others who spoke were Seru Soderberg, Manager Water Authority Fiji; Alvin Galvez, General Manager, Laguna Water Philippines; and Changhyun Jo, formerly of K-Water Academy. The discussion centered on the efficacy of the WOPs approach in fostering close professional ties between the recipients and the mentors, and in the upgrading of skills. Quoting from the select WOPs, the participants highlighted the instances of technology transfer, improved maintenance practices, and professional relationships developed. The peer-to-peer learning approach was seen as a highly effective way of moving up the efficiency scale. Operational improvements made on the basis of learning derived from WOPs were contributing to the attainment of global SDGs. Their expansion was seen as a key goal that policy makers should focus on.