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TitleThe new operators in Peruvian small towns : designing a sustainable management model for water and sanitation services
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCastillo, O, McGregor, JL, Zevallos, M, Quispe, A
Pagination45 p.
Date Published2008-01-01
PublisherWater and Sanitation Program - Latin American and Carribean Region
Place PublishedLima, Peru
Keywordseconomic aspects, peru, private sector, sanitation, sdilac, sdiman, small towns, water supply

In the strategies to fight poverty and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, attention to the problems of small towns is of special importance, considering the fact that at present they are not taken into account as such in most national programs and plans. In Peru, this affects around 20% of the national population. In association with the Peruvian Government, WSP implemented a pilot project, involving nine municipalities: three provincial (Sechura, Quispicanchi and Loreto) and six district level (Tuman, Laredo, Talavera, Fernando Lores, Nueva Cajamarca and Tabalosos) municipalities. This effort was undertaken to develop new water supply and sanitation services management models in these towns, and to promote participation of specialized operators. This was a unique and innovative experience in Peru and complemented the initiatives developed in other countries of Latin America, such as Paraguay, Colombia and Ecuador.
Municipalities, concentrating normally all functions involving water supply and sanitation services, with all the resulting problems, changed into municipalities promoting the presence of other actors –civil society and specialized operators– sharing with them, in the form of a public-private-social alliance, the various functions involved in the supply of services, with clearly defined tasks and objectives.
This paper treats the background of the problems encountered in the pilot project; the existing services in small towns; new management models for specialized providers; the new role for the municipalities; ordinances and special providers; characteristics of contracting for special providers; and the creation of a market for special providers.

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