Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Mumbai, India --- (METERING.COM) --- July 14, 2008 – The USAID ECO-Asia Water and Sanitation Program will see a partnership between Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) of India and Ranhill Utilities Bhd of Malaysia that will bring improved water supplies to homes in the state of Maharashtra.

A USAID spokesman noted that many households in Maharashtra only have access to water for a few hours each day. MJP intends to convert 25 intermittent systems into continuous metered systems to improve this situation. The partnership with Ranhill came about because of Ranhill’s experience in improving water delivery and reducing losses.

The program will include study visits and on-the-job training in aspects such as water system modeling, design and administration of district metering areas, water auditing, leakage detection and water loss management. USAID ECO-Asia will work with the two companies to ensure that technical expertise and information is shared as the project progresses.