About the Challenge

The Dreampipe Challenge aims to stimulate the development of new or improved ways to help water utilities in developing countries mobilise adequate funding for non-revenue water (NRW) reduction activities.

The Challenge includes a series of prizes that will reward financing  that enable water companies in developing countries to undertake what is needed for implementing non-revenue water reduction and control activities. The Challenge does not seek to incentivise the development of new technical solutions for reducing NRW, as it is assumed that these technical solutions are already well developed, well known or that an adequate level of research is going on to develop them further.

Dreampipe is open to applicants from around the world. The Challenge is targeted at utility experts, financial experts and transaction advisors who may or may not have prior experience in the water sector. Proposed solutions will have to be applicable in one (or several) of the 28 DFID countries.

What is NRW?

NRW refers to the difference between the amount of water put into the water piped system and the amount of water billed to customers. This difference is due to physical water losses, from burst and unrepaired pipes or from overflow at storage tanks, and commercial water losses, due to incorrect or lack of billing and unauthorised water consumption. NRW affects all water utilities but is particularly high in many utilities in the developing world. For more information, please see the overview note or the resources tab.