Project title

Kosovo Water Institutional Sector Reform (K-WISER)

Project description

STELLA is implementing a USAID-financed project of three years and with a $7.2 million budget to assist the government of Kosovo with the implementation of the national policies in water supply and sanitation. STELLA is part of a consortium with PA Consulting in charge of supporting and reinforcing the financial and technical sustainability of Regional Water Companies (RWCs) to improve water supply and sanitation services. STELLA provides the Regional Technical Coordinator and a tariff expert for this project identifying and addressing key challenges in Kosovo's water supply and sanitation service sector. The main focus of the project is on two RWCs; Hidrodrini RWC covering the municipalities of Peja, Klina, Decan, Junik, and Istog; and Hidroregjioni Jugor RWC covering the municipalities of Prizren, Suhareke, Malisheva, and Dragas. The project objectives are to: (1) assist the Government of Kosovo in implementing national policy reforms to support the long-term sustainability of RWCs; (2) assist two RWCs by improving their technical and financial sustainability and effective management of water supply and sanitation services; and (3) support targeted infrastructure rehabilitation and equipment investment in reform-oriented RWCs that demonstrate improved system performance and sustainability.