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WSP activities in the Pacific

The Pacific Water Safety Plans (WSP) programme is a joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC). The programme was funded through AusAID over the period of August 2005 until June 2010 and is continuing under the existing arrangements. The programme came about after the WHO organised the Pacific Workshop on "Drinking Water Quality Standards and Monitoring" held in February in February 2005 in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop also developed the 'Framework for Action – on Drinking water quality and health in Pacific Island Countries (PICs)'. The 'Framework' was prepared in response to the recommendations by the PICs participants and supports the implementation of drinking water quality actions envisioned in the overarching Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management. The Ministers of Health for the PICs through the Samoa Commitment have recommended this 'Framework' for implementation at the meeting in March 2005.

The first phase of the programme scoped the water safety plans  for the region and gathered high-level support from key agencies that played a role in the water sector. Initial scoping and commitment allowed the formulation of a mechanism for development of water safety plans including formation of national steering committees and selection of sites. Training and planning workshops were facilitated in each of the initial four pilot countries (Tonga, Cook Islands, Palau and Vanuatu). The workshops assisted countries in thinking about ways to engage with each other, share roles and responsibilities, training on water safety plans and preparation of national action plans. New countries also requested to join the programme on their own initiative which SOPAC/WHO supported.

A positive AusAID review (May 2007) of the first phase of the programme allowed additional support from AusAID to be mobilised to reinforce and expand the preventive 'risk assessment and risk management' approaches for ensuring safe drinking water through the implementation of improvement schedules. The drinking water safety planning approach is relatively new for the Pacific island countries. Interesting lessons came out of the sharing experiences and lessons learned workshop (refer attachment). The pilot sites have a water safety plan in place but as this is a process and a cycle it is important to state that audited drinking water safety plan approach is the most effective and sustainable way to gain reasoned assurance of safe drinking water, with minimal monitoring and analysis costs. The drinking water safety plan for water supplies should not be a document which sits on the shelves but is being actively referred to and reviewed continuously.

The focus in 2011, would include supporting Pacific island countries in water safety plans audits and implementation as well as facilitating the uptake of the drinking water safety planning within the countries and additional ones.

 

Resources


tools 

Drinking water safety planning - a practical guide for Pacific island countries
Author(s): WHO, SOPAC and AusAid
Publication year: 2010
Click here to access the guide
 

Community toolkit (contains sanitary survey or simple risk assessment sheet)
Author(s): SOPAC
Publication year: 2010
Click here to access the toolkit

case studies

Economics of drinking water Safety Plan: an advocacy tool for Koror-Airai, Palau
Author(s): SOPAC
Publication year: 2010
Click here to access the advocacy tool

Economic Assessment of Drinking Water Safety Planning Koror-Airai, Palau
Author(s): SOPAC
Publication year: 2010

Click here
to access the assessment

Implementation of WSP in New Caledonia (English version)
Author(s): DASS-NC, Health
Publication year: 2011
Click here to access the case study

Implementation of WSP in New Caledonia/ Plans de Securite Sanitaire des Eaux
de consommation (PSSE) Etudes de cas en Nouvelle-Calédonie (French version)
Author(s): DASS-NC, Health
Publication year: 2011
Click here to access the case study (French version)

Pacific drinking water safety planning: lessons learned (Kingdom of Tonga)
Author(s): SOPAC
Publication year: 2009
Click here to access the case study

 

 

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