One of the main goals of UN-HABITAT’s Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA) is to promote knowledge exchange between water operators from different regions around the world, with a particular emphasis on improving water treatment and management services in emerging countries.
From its office at Sant Pau, and within the framework of GWOPA’s 3rd World Congress which took place in the Art Nouveau Site in 2015, GWOPA facilitated a collaboration agreement between BCASA, the public company responsible for a large part of water cycle management in Barcelona and nearby areas, and the Palestinian water operator WSSA.
Currently, the two companies are drafting a joint action plan for the partnership, and WSSA is working to apply best practices identified in Barcelona in the Palestinian context.
During the last technical visit, the Palestinian delegation participated in several training sessions and learned about BCASA’s control centre and the implementation of a water treatment plan first hand.
Moreover, the geographic information systems, the sewer network models and the system for organising and classifying electronic documents were subjects of great interest to the delegation, who expressed a high degree of satisfaction with this peer-to-peer learning experience.