Water sanitation hygiene

Protecting surface water for health

Identifying, assessing and managing drinking-water quality risks in surface-water catchments

World Health Organization

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Publication details

Editors: Rickert B, Chorus I, Schmoll O.
Number of pages: 196
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 151055 4



Protecting surface water for health provides a structured approach to understanding surface waters and their catchments to support the identification, assessment and prioritization of the risks, and the development of management strategies for their control, as a basis for providing safe drinking-water.

The book provides guidance and supporting information on the development and application of water safety plans, which represent best practice to address the assessment and control of surface-water hazards in drinking-water catchments.

Protecting surface water for health embraces the challenge set forth in Sustainable Development Goal 6 to “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”, by recognizing that the protection of water quality and water-related ecosystems benefits environmental health, which ultimately contributes to public health protection.

Editable versions of the catchment and pollution assessment checklists and inventory tables that are presented in the book to support surface-water catchment inspection are available from the ‘Downloads’ section above. Please refer to the introductory pages of Section 3.2 of Protecting surface water for health for guidance on how to use these checklists and tables to perform a catchment assessment.

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