International small community water supply network
Report of a meeting, July 2005, Alice Springs, Australia
To build on the outcomes of the Network's inception meeting in Reykjavik in January 2005, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) convened its second meeting in Alice Springs, Australia, in July 2005. This meeting provided an opportunity to further consider management of water quality in small rural and remote communities, with a particular focus on the concerns of developing countries from the South-East Asian and Pacific regions. The outcomes of the meeting included recommendations on further concretizing the International Network, and the identification of priority areas or work.
These priorities are:
- To develop and pilot a questionnaire on existing country approaches to managing community supplies.
- To develop a genering tool to support the implementation of water safety plans in small communities.
- To develop a database of health evidence in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene.
- To identify need for, and promote development of, appropriate surveillance and verification tools for use with community water supplies.
- To prepare a standardized set of definitions and terminology in relation to small community water supplies.
- To establish an interactive, web-based collaborative workspace hosted by WHO to enable communication among Network members.