MIYA's Co-Management Project in Portmore, Jamaica, and National Water Commission Honored with Prestigious Award for Innovation in Building Healthy Watersheds

11 Mar

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  • MIYA together with the National Water Commission (NWC) in Jamaica, has been recognized with a distinguished award for their groundbreaking efforts in implementing a comprehensive Non-Revenue Water Reduction (NRW) Co-Management Programme in Portmore. The prestigious accolade, celebrating Innovation in Building Healthy Watersheds, underscores MIYA and NWC's commitment to sustainable water management practices.

The award, presented by WEX Global, recognize projects, technologies and organisations that have made significant contributions to the improvement and sustainability of watershed ecosystems and acknowledges MIYA and NWC’s exceptional work in tackling water loss and enhancing the resilience of local water resources.

Their collaborative NRW Reduction Programme in Portmore exemplifies a holistic approach to water conservation, focusing on cutting-edge technologies, community engagement, and sustainable practices.

Key highlights of the award-winning initiative include:

  • Operational Efficiency: MIYA Water has introduced state-of-the-art technologies to optimize operational efficiency in water management throughout Jamaica. The digitization of distribution systems and the implementation of smart technologies have led to a significant reduction in losses and improvements in water supply quality, reducing NRW in the Kingston and Saint Andrews system by over 50,000 m3/d and in the Portmore network by over 13,000 m3/d, providing citizens with access to a round-the-clock water supply. 
  • Environmental Sustainability: With a focus on environmental sustainability, MIYA Water has spearheaded projects that minimize the carbon footprint and reduce water pollution. The company has implemented conservation and restoration practices for aquatic ecosystems, working closely with local communities to preserve biodiversity. In both projects, KSA and Portmore we have reduced a total of 12,000 tons of CO2 emissions and energy savings of over 300,000 KWh monthly which implies an economic saving of over 60,000 USD per month in energy bills).

  • Community Engagement: MIYA Water recognizes the importance of community engagement and has launched educational and awareness programs across Jamaica. For more than 4 years MIYA has been developing a program in the different schools in the areas where it operates, teaching children about the water awareness & conservation. In addition, in 2023, it carried out an island-wide Tik Tok contest where students were encouraged to create videos showing how to save water in their homes that had an excellent students participation all across Jamaica.

  • Ongoing Commitment: MIYA Water reiterates its ongoing commitment to Jamaica and its vision for a future in which sustainable water management not only improves the quality of life but also contributes to the country's socio-economic development allowing significant water savings to be shared by neighbor cities or Parishes in the drought periods and enhance the tourism or allowing NWC to approve further developments in prior water stressed areas. 
Noam Komy, MIYA CEO: "Receiving this prestigious award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the MIYA and NWC teams. We are proud to be recognized for our innovative approach to water management, and we remain committed to creating a sustainable and resilient water future for the communities we serve."

The success of MIYA and NWC in Jamaica's NRW Reduction Programme in Portmore serves as a beacon of inspiration for water utilities worldwide. By addressing the critical issue of Non-Revenue Water and emphasizing the importance of building healthy watersheds, MIYA and NWC are setting new standards for sustainable water management.