On February 21, 2018, PDAM Surya Sembada of Surabaya city in collaboration with the Regional Development Planning Agencies of East Java Province and Surabaya city and USAID IUWASH PLUS organized a workshop on CSR Partnership for increasing access to piped water supply with Master Meter Program for the urban poor who cannot get piped water supply access through direct connection. This workshop was part of the initial activities to engage the private sector in the implementation of Master Meter program in 16 locations in Surabaya city, targeting 800 house connections (SR), or equivalent to about 4,000 beneficiaries.
In the opening session, Louis O’Brien, USAID IUWASH PLUS Chief of Party appreciated and supported the PDAM Surya Sembada efforts in increasing access to safely managed water supply. Mujiaman, Director of PDAM Surya Sembada emphasized the target of Surabaya city to achieve 100% piped water supply access in 2018. “This Master Meter Program is a solution to achieve the target of 100% piped water supply coverage,” Mujiaman said. With master meter, PDAM asset only up to the main meter and the distribution network to houses is owned by CBO who manage the master meter system.
The workshop was attended by 30 participants from the city and provincial governments, PDAM, and company representatives. During the workshop, the participants learned more about the challenges of water supply access in Surabaya city within Universal Access and SDG context and received information about the partnership opportunity to increase piped water access through Master Meter Program.