Theme 3: Efficient Management


Inefficiencies are avoidable operational costs that could be useful to expand infrastructures and accelerate the universalization of drinking water services (SDG6) or reduce tariffs/fees charged and external subsidies. The reduction in operating costs the economic accessibility of users.

In general, service providers seek efficiency, however, in the short term, many managers find that this improvement requires internal management changes and increased operating and maintenance costs both in conservation investments and in the rehabilitation of existing assets, turning it more complex the decision making in short management cycles, typically 3-5 years.

During the RWW, on Efficient Management, we will discuss how structuring actions within the organization lead to greater measurable efficiencies in the medium and long term. Some aspects such as reduction of water and energy losses and operational indicators will be discussed, among others, in search of the economic and environmental sustainability of the services.

The theme will be covered by 3 topics, in six sessions and one workshop as follows:


Topic 31 – Water loss control with two sessions and one workshop:

         Session 311 -Facing Water losses and collaborating with water security;

         Session 312 – Rate of rise of real loss in city distribution systems;

         Workshop on the calculation of the rate of rise 

Topic 32 – Energy Efficiency with two sessions:

– Session 321 – Energy production in water and sanitation systems

– Session 322Energy management systems


Topic 33 – Management performance with two sessions:

– Session 331 – Water for all in the long run through efficient asset management;

– Session 332 – Assessing performance in water utilities using the right indicators

Adriana Lagrotta Leles
Pacto Global ONU - SANASA
Adriana is an advisor for Sanasa’s CEO. Her interests are in Human Rights for Water and Sanitation and circular economy. On behalf of Sanasa at the United Nations Global Compact Brazil Network, she conducts the Less Loss, More Water Movement – the main Brazilian project to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6. As a speaker, she has traveled all over Brazil and other countries sharing the Brazilian experience of SDG6. She is a member of the Steering Committee CEO Water Mandate.
André Braga Galvão Silveira
Ministério das Cidades - SNSA
André holds a Master's in Public Health by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and a bachelor's in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte State, as well as others degrees in public sector themes. Currently, he works for the National Secretariat of Environmental Sanitation in the Brazilian Ministry of Cities as an infrastructure analyst, carrying out projects on water losses and energy efficiency. André has experience as a lecturer on subjects relating to water and sanitation. Counselor of the Brazilian Sanitary Engineering Association in the Federal District (ABES/DF).
Jairo Tardelli Filho
ABES - CT Perdas e Eficiência Energética
Civil Engineer, 63 years old, graduated from the Polytechnic School of São Paulo University in 1977. He worked in three companies in the State of São Paulo, always in the area of Sanitation and Water Resources. At the São Paulo State Sanitation Company - SABESP, he worked for 25 years, developing works in the area of operational planning in the water supply and sewage system. Currently retired, develops technical consulting work.
Julian Thornton
IWA’s SG on Water Losses
Julian is an international NRW specialist with 35 years practical experience in over 30 countries including Brasil. He is a long term active volunteer member of both the International Water Association (IWA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) water loss specialist groups. Julian is the author of the industry text book “Water Loss Control Manual” McGraw Hill New York (2002), (2008) and Chinese edition (2009).
Mario Pino
Pacto Global ONU - BRASKEM
Mario is the Braskem's corporate manager of sustainable development and represents the company in the shared leadership of the Least Loss, More Water Movement. He is a mechanical engineer and and has Masters Degree in Environment with emphasis on Clean Technologies, from the Federal University of Bahia/Brazil.
Ricardo Röver Machado
Ricardo is a civil engineer and has been working for Companhia Riograndense de Saneamento - CORSAN for 33 years, during which time he has worked as an Operational Coordinator - responsible for supply systems, Regional Superintendent and Operations Director. He coordinates the Special Program of Management of Losses and Sustainability, tied to the Office of the Presidency. He has an MBA in Business Management and Negotiation. Ricardo is the vice-president of the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering – in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (ABES-RS) and coordinates the National Thematic Chamber of Water Loss Management and Energy Efficiency of ABES and he is also an instructor of the "Basic Course of Control and Reduction of Losses" on e-learning education at UNIABES.
Rita Cavaleiro de Ferreira
GIZ - Alemanha
Rita is from Portugal and has 20 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector. Her activities focus on energy efficiency, sector regulation, benchmarking, information systems and evaluation of the quality of water and sanitation services. Since 2011 she has been providing consultancy and cooperation at an international level. Her last assignments included assisting CONAGUA and ANEAS in Mexico. She is currently coordinating ProEESA, a Project in Energy Efficiency in Urban Water Supply in Brazil. (a cooperation between the National Secretariat of Sanitation (SNSA) of the Ministry of Cities in Brazil and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany).
Xavier Vidal
EPMAPS Água de Quito - Equador
Xavier is a civil engineer graduated from the University of Cuenca, with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He has been working in the Water and Sanitation sector in Ecuador since 1998. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as a consultant in pollution control and sanitation at EPMAPS (Quito’s water utility). From 2009 to 2010 he held the position of Water and Sanitation Manager at ETAPA (Cuenca’s water utility). From 2011 he has been the Executive Director of the Environmental Sanitation Program at EPMAPS and currently he is in charge of the development of the new infrastructure projects.

Comming soon!