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Water and Sanitation Prize

The IDB and FEMSA award public authorities and service operators who have implemented innovative and effective solutions to specific water and sanitation problems.

Every year the Inter-American Development Bank and FEMSA award the Water and Sanitation Prize with the goal of recognizing public authorities and service operators in Latin America and the Caribbean who have implemented innovative and effective solutions to specific water and sanitation problems.

From water sector reforms in Chile to sanitation improvements in Uruguay and solid waste management and informal waste pickers in Brazil, the award aims to highlight successful experiences in three categories: Water, Sanitation, and Solid Waste.

Winners, as well as recipients of special mentions, will receive scholarships financed by the IDB and FEMSA at the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, a research institution jointly developed by the IDB, FEMSA and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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Awards 2009

President Moreno on Water and Sanitation in LAC

Water Management:

  • Winner:Superintendencia de Servicios Sanitarios (SISS)– Chile Sector Reform Program
  • Special Mention:Empresa Metropolitana de Alcantarillado y Agua Potable de Quito (EMAAP-Q) – Ecuador Laderas de Quito Program

Sanitation Management:

  • Winner: División de Saneamiento de la Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo– Uruguay Montevideo’s Sanitation Plan
  • Special Mention: Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Distrito Federal (CAESB) – Brazil Brasilia Waste ater Treatment Program

Solid Waste Management:

  • Winner: Prefeitura Municipal de Londrina – Brazil Programa Reciclando Vidas
  • Special Mention: Sistema Integral para el Manejo Ecológico y Procesamiento de Desechos (SIMEPRODE) – México Municipal Solid Waste Management Policy

Awards 2010

Water Management:

  • Winner:Empresa de Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey (SADM) – México Water consumption and conservation policy. Watch the Video (only available in spanish)
  • Special Mention:Aguas de Cartagena–Colombia Commercial management policy in low-income neighborhoods

Sanitation Management:

  • Winner: Gobierno del Estado de Amazonas – Brazil Results achieved by the Programa Socioambiental dos Igarapés de Manaus (PROSAMIM). Watch the Video
  • Special Mention: Empresa Nicaragüense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (ENACAL)– Nicaragua Lake Managua Sanitation Project. Watch the Video

Solid Waste Management:

  • Winner: Consejo de Alcaldes de Renca – Chile Solid Waste Management Policy implemented by Santiago’s 16 communes that belong to the Council

Awards 2011

Water Management:

  • Winner: Ministério do Desenvolvimento Social e Combate à Fome (MDS) – Brazil → Results achieved by the Programa de Cisterna. See press release (only available in Portuguese)

Sanitation Management:

  • Winner: Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo (SABESP)– Brazil → Results achieved by the Programa de Despoluição do Rio Tietê. See press release (only available in Portuguese)

Solid Waste Management:

  • Winner: La Pintana Municipality – Santiago de Chile → Source separation, selective collection and treatment Programs. See press release (only available in spanish) Watch the Video (only available in spanish)

Awards 2012: press release

Water Management:

  • Multiple management system by the General Board of Water Supply of Comitán, State of Chiapas, Mexico. 

Sanitation Management:

  • Eco-sanitation in the municipality of Cuchumuela, Cochabamba, Bolivia by Water for People

Solid Waste Management:

  • Implementation of selective collection programs by the Reference Center on Solid Waste, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

Awards 2013: press release

Water Management:

Sanitation Management:

Solid Waste Management:

 

Awards 2014: press release (in Spanish)

Water Management:

Sanitation Management:

Solid Waste Management:

Videos

Latin American solutions Manaus, the Transformation of a City Here, By the Water
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    Latin American solutions

    IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno explains how to close the gap in the water and sanitation coverage
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    Manaus, the Transformation of a City

    In Manaus, Brazil, 15,000 families living along the city´s watersheds freed from flooding and waterborne disease
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    Here, By the Water

    The sanitation of Lake Managua makes it possible to enjoy life again along its shoreline.
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