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Twinning - Pacific Island partnerships

Working with communities in our neighbouring Pacific islands is a way in which we can support developing nations improve their water management practices, and help us achieve our long term vision of being leaders in the water industry.

Through a twinning arrangement that has been supported by the Asian Development Bank, MidCoast Water is actively supporting the development of both the Tonga Water Board and the Samoa Water Authority.

The twinning arrangement has included hosting visits from both countries and allowing their representatives to learn more about the Australian water industry and our work practices.

In turn, MidCoast Water representatives have travelled to both Tonga and Samoa to look at how the two utilities operate and identify activities that will improve performance in key areas. The relationships are further developed by regular phone and email contact.

The main aim of the twinning partnership is to enhance the skills, service delivery and operational efficiency of utilities in developing countries.

Issues affecting Pacific utilities include water losses of 40 to 50 per cent, intermittent water supplies and often basic, or little or no reticulated sewerage.

The Tongan project is focussing on improving performance in two key areas - reducing water loss and implementation of asset management.

The Samoan project addresses issues such as improving metering and accounting for drinking water – bulk and domestic metering – and improvement of analytical services, including health and environmental lab processes and sampling.

Friday 7th December 2012
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By  Brendan Guiney

On Day 5, MidCoast Water staff met with the Chairman of the Samoa Water Authority, Asian Development Bank representatives and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the parties to formally commence the 18 month Twinning partnership.

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Thursday 6th December 2012
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By  Brendan Guiney

On Day 4 - SWA and MCW staff sat down to confirm the findings of the past few days, and plan the activities for the twinning relationship between MCW and SWA

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Wednesday 5th December 2012
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By  Brendan Guiney

On Day 3, the MCW team visited the rural water systems with SWA's Rural Water staff, and also visited SWA's wastewater laboratory.

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Tuesday 4th December 2012
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By  Brendan Guiney

On Day 2 - the MCW team visited the laboratories operated by the Samoa Water Authority and Samoa's Ministry of Health, as well as a field visit to the more

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Monday 3rd December 2012
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By  Brendan Guiney

On Day 1 - the MidCoast Water team met with senior Samoa Water Authority management, representatives of the Asian Development Bank and notably, Samoa's Minister for Public Works.

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Category: General
Friday 30th November 2012
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By  Brendan Guiney

MidCoast Water's twinning team for Samoa comprised Executive Manager, Brendan Guiney, Customer Response Manager, Wilf Alley, and Analytical Services Manager, Narelle Hennessy.

News of our visit was picked up in the Samoa Observer (scroll to the bottom of the page!):

http://www.samoaobserver.ws/local-news/other/public-service/2329-water-experts-on-the-way

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Category: General
Monday 5th November 2012
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By  Brendan Guiney

Executive Manager Brendan Guiney travelled to the Pacific Water Conference 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand in search of a twin utility. Water utilities in the Pacific were known to be in need of assistance, and the annual conference was a great opportunity to meet with a large number of Pacific utility representatives.

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Category: Conference
Thursday 11th March 2010
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By  Brendan Guiney

Executive Manager Brendan Guiney has returned from Ozwater 2010 in Brisbane, where MidCoast Water was looking to find out more about Water Operator Partnerships or 'Twinning'.

The Twinning workshop was facilitated by the Australian Water Association and the Asian Development Bank

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Category: Conference