Peru, SEDAPAL: Emergency Water Supply in Lima

Lima with a population of over 12 million is subject to the highest seismic vulnerability in Peru. Hence, ensuring Lima’s water supply continuity in case of a major earthquake is crucial. The initiative aims at contributing to strengthened preparedness capacities of Lima’s water service provider (SEDAPAL) by improving its technical, financial and logistical capacities, knowledge exchange and inter-sectorial coordination together with key partners from government, academia, and the private sector.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Changement climatique & environnement
Réduction des risques de catastrophes
Approvisionnement en eau
Politique du secteur publique
01.08.2023 - 31.12.2027
CHF  1’500’000
Contexte Strengthening the resilience of the water supply systems in Lima is vital to ensure the continuity of water supply in the aftermath of a disaster. The Lima region, home to more than 30% of the national population, is exposed to the highest seismic risk in the country. Studies indicate that an earthquake of 8.8 Mw magnitude could hit the city resulting in 110,000 fatalities, 2 million injured, and a devastating impact on the water and sanitation infrastructure, which could leave 6 million people without access to basic water services. Although Peru has taken significant steps to integrate disaster risk management (DRM) measures in the provision of water and sanitation services in its legal provisions since 2007, implementation is still very limited and poorly articulated with other sectors. Therefore, the initiative “Emergency Water Supply in Lima” will contribute to strengthening the preparedness capacities of Lima potable water and sewerage service provider, SEDAPAL, as well as the operationalization of its DRM Plan. The initiative focuses on the metropolitan area of Lima, including the city of Callao, which are the areas of highest impacts in case of seismic activity. SEDAPAL, a Peruvian publicprivate company responsible for water supply services in Lima and Callao, is the biggest and most advanced national water service provider (in Spanish: empresa prestadora de servicios EPS) with the capacity to capitalize on and replicate the results to other water service providers in the entire country (Phase 2 with a focus on upscaling the experience).
Objectifs The overall objective is to strengthen Lima’s water service provider’s (SEDAPAL) preparedness capacities for response in case of a major earthquake and to contribute to a more resilient water supply system.
Groupes cibles

Direct beneficiaries: SEDAPAL personnel, and DRR national institutions (Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil INDECI, Centro Nacional de Estimación, Prevención y Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres CENEPRED).

Indirect beneficiaries: most vulnerable population exposed to earthquake risk in Lima and Callao (6 million).

Others: 49 water service providers in Peru, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and engineering professionals and private business related to the water sector (phase 2).

Effets à moyen terme
  1. Organizational structure and ownership for the development and implementation of DRM plans within SEDAPAL are strengthened.
  2. SEDAPAL and other EPS personnel is prepared and capable of leading an effective response to a major earthquake.
  3. Innovative and timely financial and logistical mechanisms and resources are fostered to support SEDAPAL’s DRM measures.
  4. Inter-sectoral coordination and articulation mechanisms are strengthened for an effective response and early recovery. 

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Institutional DRM plan including Contingency and Emergency plans are updated, instrumentalized and aligned with the National DRM Policy. (Outcome 1)
  • Capacity building, knowledge products and peer-exchanges are strengthened (Outcome 2)
  • Financial and logistics mechanisms are developed and ready to operate in case of an earthquake. (Outcome 3)
  • Inter-sectorial coordination protocol is updated and validated, including a Communication plan & tools for emergencies. (Outcome 4) 

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Aide humanitaire
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est
  • Consortium: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (lead), PREDES, and Ayuda en Acción (awarded by an open public tender process)

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Ministries of Defence (incl. INDECI, CENEPRED), Finance, Sanitation, Health, local municipalities; and universities.

National platforms: National Humanitarian Network, Asociación Nacional de Entidades Prestadoras de servicios de saneamiento (ANEPSSA), Water resource Group (WRG) 2030, social civil organizations.

Regional and internationalPlatforms: Comité Andino Ad Hoc de Prevención de Desastres (CAPRADE); PlataformaRegional y Global para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (RPDRR, GPDRR); Asociación de Entes Reguladores de Agua potable y saneamiento de las Américas (ADERASA).

Projects: “El Agua nos Une” led by SDC-Global Program Water; Project “Strengthening the capacities of disaster risk preparedness and response of national institutions” by SDC Regional Programme DRR&RR; and “SECOSAN” led by SECO.

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    1’500’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    543’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.08.2023 - 31.12.2027   (Phase en cours)