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Water safety plans and the framework for drinking-water

WHO's Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality recommend that countries apply a "Water Safety Framework" approach to ensuring drinking water safety. This approach brings together risk assessment and preventive management in a framework extending from water resource to consumers. The framework is applicable to systems of all types from large complex piped systems to community-managed sources. The framework comprises:

Health based targets [pdf 78kb]

Water safety plans [pdf 314kb]

Surveillance [pdf 170kb]

Other information that may be of interest

Practical guidance on developing and implementing water safety plans

Work in progress and drafts for the "Rolling revision" of the guidelines

Assessing microbial safety of drinking water: Improving approaches and methods

Safe piped water: Managing microbial water quality in piped distribution systems

Water treatment and pathogen control: Process efficiency in achieving safe drinking water

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