Supplying safe water to the urban poor in Cebu

Posted on 12 August 2016


Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) was established in 1975 as a private corporation to supply water in the Metro Cebu Area. Currently they are providing safe water to 820.000 people, or 43% of the population in its service area. MCWD lacks the capital for significant expansions of its distribution systems and no investors are interested in funding extensions of the distribution system, especially not into poorer areas where risks are higher and return on investment small.

This project aims to improve the financial sustainability of the Metro Cebu Water District by adding to its infrastructure and increasing its customer base. The focus will be on the supply of water to the urban poor, and the extreme poor living in the Cebu slums. Additionally, the project will increase awareness in these communities on good hygiene and sanitation practices to improve their health and welfare. Finally, back-up power facilities will be installed at key water sources so that supply can be maintained to customers in the event of electrical outages.

The project is a Public Private Partnership between VEI (acting as lead partner), Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD), the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) and Eau et Vie (E&V).

This project is originally published on Clicking the link below will open the full project description.

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Project partners

  • VEI B.V.