1. Description of SRSSP
The objective of the Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program (SRSSP) Program for Results (P for R) is to improve access to rural sanitation services in the Delta Governorates of Beheira, Dakahliya and Sharkiya in Egypt through the provision of relevant mechanisms and policies and improvement of the performance of the institutions and agencies working in this sector.
This program is part of the National Rural Sanitation Program (NRSP) implemented by the Government of Egypt (GoE), consisting of the following parts:
Part (A): Improved Sanitation Services Access
· Providing sanitation services to approximately 830,000 people in highly-contaminated villages and remote areas of the SRSSP implementation area in the three governorates of Beheira, Dakahliya and Sharkiya through the concerned water and sanitation companies (WSCs) establishing about 167,000 new residential connections from houses to wastewater collection systems connected to the wastewater treatment plants or any other efficient wastewater treatment system.
· Establishing and developing the wastewater treatment utilities at appropriate standards.
Part (B): Improved Operational Systems and Practices in Place of the Water and Sanitation Companies (WSCs)
· Strengthening the capacities of water and sanitation companies to improve their operational, financial, and institutional performance as well as citizen participation areas. This includes planning and implementing investment in infrastructure, operation and maintenance requirements, enhancing efficiency, reducing cost and preparing and implementing performance improvement plans.
Part (C): Strengthened National Sector Framework
· Implementing a program to provide the appropriate atmosphere to provide more efficient and effective sanitation services in rural areas, including:
• Developing a tariff system for sanitation to enable cost recovery.
• Developing a national sanitation strategy for rural areas.
• Completing standard land acquisition procedures for sanitation services in rural areas.
· Providing policy and analytical studies to enhance the policy-making process in the rural sanitation sector, including the development of an effective and sustainable regulatory and supervisory framework, capacity-building to conduct financial control and regular and timely performance monitoring, with a view to providing a strong operational framework that enables the concerned WSCs to provide efficient and effective services.
· This program gives special and substantial attention to the role of local communities in the planning and development of sanitation projects in rural areas. It works to develop systematic mechanisms to assess the needs of local communities for sanitation projects and to maximize their role in the planning and implementation of these projects.
2. Description of Project:
This project is the first phase of the Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program (SRSSP) Program for Results (P for R) aiming to provide sanitation services to about 155 villages, which contribute directly to the pollution of Al-Salam Canal and the Rosetta Branch.
Together Association for Development and Environment (TADE) plays an influential role in the development of the community, and develop and build the capacities of the staff of the WSCs in the field of community development and the building of its capacities.
During the varied implementation phases of the project in Dakahileh, Sharqia and Beheira governorates, Together Association for Development and Environment (TADE) formed local community committees in each village to support the community, and prepared a CE guidelines for WSCs, and GRM system, community awareness manuals, information systems, citizens satisfaction measurement systems regarding the services provided, M&E systems, and monthly and quarterly reporting systems.
In addition, TADE’s team constantly coaches the WSCs staff to develop their capacities and increase trust levels between them and the citizens regarding the services provided by WSCs (water or sanitation services).
TADE has sought to find innovative solutions in the community to provide lands for building the treatment plants and water stations in the villages. TADE sets ambitious plans for the upcoming years to raise the awareness of local communities in maintaining the quality of services provided to them.