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3 September 2018

Strengthening Operations & Maintenance through Water Safety Planning: New Edition Launch

IWA and WHO are pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new version of Strengthening Operations & Maintenance through Water Safety Planning: A Collection of Case Studies. The document will be formally launched during IWA’s World Water Congress, held in Tokyo on 16-21...

21 August 2018

Advancing climate resilient water services in Wukro, Ethiopia

Wukro is a small town in Ethiopia with a relatively common problem: water availability is seasonal and vulnerable to climatic events. The rainfall in this semi-arid environment falls mostly in just two months  of the year. Water managers need to ensure stored water is available ...

21 August 2018

Linking Flood and Drought Data to Water Safety Planning: Part 1

Floods and droughts are naturally occurring disasters, that bring with them considerable challenges. These disasters can cause damage to farmer’s crops and affect crop production, damage a water utility’s infrastructure or result in the inability to supply water of an adequat...

21 June 2018

UNC Institute for Water: Water Safety Plans Webinar Audio link


A webinar on "Water Safety Plan Implementation, Evaluation & Scale-up" was presented live by The Water Institute at University of North Carolina on the 23 of May 2018. If you missed it, follow this link for an audio recording of the webinar:

14 June 2018

What Is the Future of Water and Public Health? Call for abstracts extended!

Royal Society for Public Health invites the submission of abstracts for the 2018 'What Is the Future of Water and Public Health?‘ conference. The deadline for submissions is 11pm on 30 June 2018....

30 May 2018

10 lessons for Utility Specialists

Ambiguity and paradox management are as much daily concerns for water utility leaders as integrated water resources management. Opening a drinking water tap is a simple and cheap daily activity, one that is considered a given in many parts of the world....

30 May 2018

Safe drinking-water in Europe?

Millions of people in the WHO European Region drink contaminated water, often without knowing it. WHO estimates that, every day, 14 people die of diarrhoeal disease due to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)....

30 May 2018

A water utility’s journey to climate resilience

While attending a recent event, a representative of an international development agency argued that, if we had spent as much money on sanitation as we have on drinking water, the seemingly endless sanitation crisis in many part of the world would already have been solved. This st...

30 April 2018

UNC Webinar: Water Safety Plans

A WSP webinar is being held on Wednesday, May 23 8:30-10:00 AM EST hosted from the 2018 UNC Water Microbiology Conference. This webinar will convene a panel of experts to discuss recent research on Water Safety Plans and drinking water policy changes in Europe.

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18 January 2018

Launch of WHO water safety plan audit guide in French

Originally published in English in 2015, WHOs A practical guide to auditing water safety plans provides guidance on developing and implementing a water safety plan auditing scheme....

18 October 2017

Feedback sought on draft document: Equity in water safety planning

Water safety plans (WSPs) provide a well established and widely accepted framework to contribute to the human right to water and the Sustainable Development Goal target to achieve, by 2030, universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. WHO has ther...

18 August 2017

Publication of WHO’s Potable reuse: Guidance for producing safe drinking-water


This document describes how to apply appropriate management systems to produce safe drinking-water from municipal wastewater. Information is provided on specific aspects of potable reuse, including the quality and protection of source wastewaters, types of control measure monitor...