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Webinar - COVID-19: Caribbean and global impact and response

Webinar: COVID-19 - Caribbean and global impact and response


Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association Conference


The COVID-19 pandemic has currently spread to most if not all countries in the world resulting in severe situations both personally and financially. The prevention of the spread of this virus has mostly involved lock downs, more or less severe depending on where you live. In most countries, the lockdown situation meant that generally only essential staff could continue to work at their workplace, be it within the work premises or their approved environment, while the rest of the population had to self-isolate and where posible, work remotely.

The water supply service is more needed than ever before in these trying times where hygiene is of the utmost importance and regular washing of hands is a must to safeguard personal and public health.

Water and wastewater utilities around the world had to adjust their activities and respond to this threat, making their daily tasks even more difficult. This meant water and wastewater professionals had to make difficult decisions about the way they go about their day to day business.

This webinar will be looking at how the situation is being dealt with not just in the Caribbean but around the world. It will demonstrate how both water and wastewater systems have been affected and what solutions can be adopted.

Emphasis will be on how the regions have been affected with both personal and financial hardships, and what can be done to prevent the next pandemic from causing possibly even more catastrophic scenarios.

This webinar is a must for all water and wastewater personnel operating in the utility sector and will be both informative and beneficial – this webinar is aimed at supervisors, managers, directors and decision makers from the water and wastewater utility arena, be it from either the public or private sector.



Monday, 4 May, 2020


10:00 - 10:05
  • Wayne Williams - Executive Director at Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA).
10:05 – 10:15
How the world is working in the NRW arena
  • Stuart Hamilton – Chair of International Water Association (IWA) Water Loss Specialist Group (WLSG).
10:15 – 10:30
Efficiency as a key component in resiliency
  • Noam Komy - Chief Growth Officer at Miya.
10:30 – 11:00
Caribbean Water Utilities: Covid 19 impact and responses
  • 10:30 - 10:45 - Christopher Husbands – General Manager of Grenada's National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) and President of CAWASA.
  • 10:45 - 11:00 - Wayne Williams – Executive Director at Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA).​


11:00 – 11:15
BOT, PPP projects worldwide and how they are being affected in Covid 19
  • Aranzazu Mencia Saeta  VP Business Development for Almar Water Solutions.​
11:15 – 11:30
After the crisis is before the crisis – Why and how to plan comprehensive NRW reduction projects
  • Roland Liemberger – International expert in NRW planning.
11:30 – 12:00
Question & Answer Session
  • Moderator: Wayne Williams - Executive Director of CWWA.