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Robust Analysis Design for the Quito Water Management System (DAR AGUA Quito)

SEI is working with the Distrito Metropolitano de Quito (DMQ) to help identify robust adaptation options for the water supply system in Quito, Ecuador.

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SEI is working with the Distrito Metropolitano de Quito (DMQ) to provide technical assistance to the Public Metropolitan Drinking Water and Sanitation Company (EPMAPS).

This project includes the development of a process to identify robust adaptation options for Quito’s Master Water Plan and to reduce the future vulnerability of the DMQ water supply system. The Inter-American Development Bank is funding the project, as part of its contribution to the National Development Plan.

Colorful houses on the hill in Quito, Ecuador. Photo: Shan Lu / Getty Images

The specific objectives of this project are to:

  • Generate information regarding both water availability under possible scenarios of climate change and growth in water demand. This will be used in the city’s new master plan to achieve a resilient water supply system.
  • Update the Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) system, including a review and subsequent selection of climate change scenarios, based on a sensitivity analysis with greater representation for Quito.
  • Increase the technical capacity of EPMAPS and other institutions involved in the planning of Quito’s potable water infrastructure, including training in Robust Decision Support.
  • Propose options for answers to key questions:
    • What scenarios of demand growth and water availability under climate change should be used in the Master Plan?
    • How vulnerable to climate change is Quito’s potable water supply system under the current investment program and management models?
    • What adaptation options should be implemented in the next 20 to 50 years to ensure resilience to climate change and disasters in the potable water supply system?

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