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WHO Water Safety Plan Gets into Gear

The plan requires water suppliers to adopt a systemic approach towards risk and crisis management. An IAWD/IAWR-hosted symposium raised awareness of the WSP and compared ways to achieve this goal

The recent sludge disaster in Hungary again drastically highlighted how much the drinking water industry is threatened by landfills and other adverse impacts which are caused by different branches of industry.

Thanks to consistent water quality monitoring and a more diversified water supply, waterworks in many parts of Europe have managed toward off damage to end users. To date, our stringent quality standards are largely based on chemical and sanitary parameters.

WSP requires systemic risk and crisis management

The Water Safety Plan (WSP), which was originally developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to improve the situation in the developing countries, now requires also waterworks to introduce further in-house quality assurance measures.

One key objective is the systemic monitoring of risk and crisis management and of the technical infrastructure. Most importantly, however, the entire pathway of water ranging from its source as raw water to the end user must be seamlessly documented. The main purpose of the WSP is to provide more safety to end users.

(Source: aqua press Int. 4/2010, Mag. Christof Hahn)

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