Sanitation activities of GIZ in Egypt

2008 - 2017 • GIZ


Technical Sustainable Management programme in Egypt (TSM-EGYPT)


TSM-EGYPT is considered a Quality Management System, its requirements aims at the development of Water and Wastewater facilities to reach conformity with the Egyptian regulations, codes, laws and standards in fields of management.
In the context of The Water and Wastewater Management Programme (WWMP) which is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the cooperation with the Egyptian Holding Company for Water and Wastewater HCWW and its 25 Affiliated Companies ACs in the sustainable improvement of their services is started since 2007.
Current estimations state that 99% of Egyptian households have access to potable water services and only 50% of Egyptian households have access to sanitation services. The insufficient technical and operational quality management of the water and wastewater utilities has devastating effects on O&M cost, revenues, public health, and the environment.
One crucial programme activity in this regard is the establishment of the Technical Sustainable Management programme in Egypt (TSM-EGYPT) in 2008. The objective of the program is to enhancing the Operation and Maintenance O&M of water and wastewater facilities through the implementation of a plant certification system to enable the utilities to comply with national or international standards in this field, thus, the ACs learned how to systematically identify deficits in their organization, technical performance and management. They were also able to eliminate weak points and operate the plants following the Egyptian legal provisions and technical standards. Impacts, The TSM-EGYPT process improves all process of O&M in the plants, the quality of the potable water and wastewater effluent, the safety of the work conditions for all plant staff, the economic position, as a result of efficient management, knowledge transfer between all plants managers, and will ultimately encourage the deep discussions on the regulations and best practices.

TSM-EGYPT is a system originally developed by the DWA & DVGW (German Water/Gas Associations) to support German Utilities in meeting their regulatory obligations with a particular emphasis on safety standards and regulations. TSM- Egypt includes the following activities:
• Human resources,
• Occupational Health and Safety,
• Operation,
• Maintenance and
• Quality control/Quality assurance (QA/QC).

TSM-EGYPT activities started in 2008 with a comprehensive review of relevant Egyptian laws, regulations and codes. Consequently, a certification programme supported by DWA was launched at 2010 and 5 plants have been awarded the TSM-EGYPT certificate of compliance. DWA supported the inspection process by providing lead inspectors who trained and authorized Egyptian inspectors. The next step was the transfer the full responsibility for TSM-EGYPT development, inspections and certification from GIZ/DWA to the HCWW.
HCWW decided to consider 2017 as the year of safety, so, they organized national skill competition similar to the biannual international competition at Germany, but they will add more area on chlorine leak.
At the international level, GIZ supported HCWW to Attend Professional Skills competitions at IFAT 2014 and 2016 with four teams that achieved a good ranking through 15 German and international teams.
TSM-EGYPT has a good potential to be upscale further throughout Egypt, Arabic countries and extended to other areas. GIZ financed a similar program to The Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA). The results was issuing the first version of TSM-ARAB requirements for water and wastewater facilities and certifying seven TSM-ARAB inspectors from Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, also, certifying two pilot facilities at Jordan and Tunisia.


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1. To enhance the performance of Water and Wastewater utilities in Egypt to the level of international industry standards.
2. To fulfill the gap between the current operational system and the needed requirement of the application of the Egyptian codes, laws, standard, regulations and decrees.
3. To get a German/Egyptian certificate from international certifier body in the fields of operation, maintenance, Occupational Health and Safety(OHS), Human resource (HR), Quality control/Quality assurance (QA/QC) and management.
4. To guide and support the managers of Water and wastewater facilities to meet their Egyptian regulatory obligations (Codes and Standards) through application of a checklist toolbox so called TSM EGYPT requirement.
5. To raise the awareness of the operators toward safety considerations in the work environment.
6. To increase the life time of the assets of the facilities and operate the facilities in an economic efficiently by applying the following programmes:
• Standard operation procedures (SOPs)
• Standard maintenance procedures (SMPs)
• Apply an operation plan
• Apply computerize management maintenance system (CMMS)
• Capacity building of the operators
7. To reduce items of operation and maintenance cost (power supply, chemicals and spare parts)
8. To develop awareness programme on confined space entry to minimize number of accidents
9. To replicate German neighborhood program to promote TSMEGYPT concept and knowledge transfer between the facilities managers.
10. To create a spirit of competition concept between the water and wastewater facilities to reach the international levels

Contact information

Eng. Fayez Bader
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Capacity development Egypt Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia German government Germany Government-owned entity (not university or research) Middle East & Nothern Africa Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Practitioners Specific to one or several countries Urban (entire city)

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GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (formally known as GTZ: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit) is a federally owned organisation. It works worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Their mandate is to support the German Government in achieving its development objectives. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.

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