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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...

30 June 2017

English translation – The Microbial Barrier Analysis (MBA) Guideline


Based on experiences from Norway, Sweden and Finland, this guideline is a helpful tool for implementing Water Safety Plans. Finally available in English, the guideline explains the "barrier concept" and assist water utilities as well as their their consultants in determining ...

22 June 2017

Publication of ADB/WHO handbook on Water Safety Planning for Urban Utilities

This handbook provides practical guidance on integrating the WSP approach into ADB's urban water projects to facilitate compliance with global good practices. Following the WHO’s Water Safety Plan Manual (2009), adapted to ADB’s operations, this handbook offers step-by-step g...

13 June 2017

Launch of Global Status Report on Water Safety Plans

To understand WSP progress to date and to inform the future WSP support agenda, WHO and the International Water Association have undertaken a global review of WSP experiences. Based on information gathered from 118 countries representing every region of the world, this report pro...

31 March 2017

Davao Water District Launches New Water Safety Plan

Philippines, Western Pacific

Davao City Water District (DCWD) launched its updated Water Safety Plan (WSP) this month. Among the upcoming activities are the WSP orientation to DCWD employees, the WSP Stakeholder Forum, and the WSP Internal and External Audit. The orientation is the first activity in the WSP...

22 December 2016

Happy New Year from the Water Safety Portal

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4 November 2016

WHO urban WSP training package available to download

Developed by the South-East Asia Regional Office of WHO, this urban WSP training package may be used either to train trainers or to train operators of water supply utilities or sector stakeholders. The materials are intended for use by governments, NGOs, private sector, academic ...

7 September 2016

Call for water safety plan trainers for global training event


In order to strengthen the quality and consistency of future water safety plan (WSP) training events, WHO is hosting a global WSP training of trainer (ToT) event from 14–18 November 2016.

This global ToT event will seek to strengthen global trainer capacity, promote awarenes...

13 July 2016

Launch of WHO publication Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment


Quantitative microbial risk assessment: application for water safety management synthesizes the current knowledge on quantitative microbial risk assessment to facilitate its application in the practice of water supply, water reuse and water recreation to support the management of...

13 July 2016

Launch of WHO publication Protecting Surface Water for Health


Protecting surface water for health: identifying, assessing and managing drinking-water quality risks in surface-water catchments provides a structured approach to the assessment and management of drinking-water quality related risks in surface-water catchments. The publication ...