Capacity building

Basics of Water Utility Management

In 1999, NADB launched the program through the Utility Management Institute (UMI). It consisted of four modules focused on reinforcing the managerial, financial and leadership capabilities necessary to operate a successful water utility in the modern U.S.-Mexico border economy. 

In December 2015, NADB and the Monterrey Technological Institute (ITESM) signed an agreement to turn the program into a diploma-level course for water utility personnel in northern Mexico. The UMI program was expanded to incorporate a fifth module on public policy for water management in order to achieve the required 100 credit hours for a diploma from ITESM. The new five-module, diploma-level course was developed in collaboration with the ITESM’s Latin American and Caribbean water center, Centro del Agua para América Latina y el Caribe (CDA), and is being presented at its facilities in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, as well as at other ITESM campuses in the border region.

Each module runs two and half days. The modules are designed to be taken in the specified sequence, as each subsequent module builds on the previous session. Detailed information about the topics covered in each module is provided below.


2017 Calendar

2017 Location

Module I: Planning, Designing and Implementing a Successful Utility April 26 - 28  ITESM Campus Sonora Norte Hermosillo, Sonora
Module II: Financial Administration June 21 - 23 
Module III: Financial Planning August 23 - 25 
Module IV: Leadership in the Utility September 20 - 22 
Module V: Public Policy for Managing Water  October 18 - 20 


Eligible participants of this program must be employees of public water or wastewater utilities located within 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the international border in the four U.S. states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California or within 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) south of the border in the six Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, and Baja California. For more information or to register, contact:

Jorge Silva

Program Manager
San Antonio Office

Alessandra García

Program Analyst
San Antonio Offic