February 28, 2023 DevelopmentGovernanceWater Supply

Water Safety Plan Manual, 2nd Ed.

This Water safety plan manual provides practical guidance to support development and implementation of water safety planning in accordance with the principles presented in the WHO Guidelines for drinking-water quality.

The manual is targeted at water suppliers and organisations supporting water safety planning programmes, including government agencies responsible for public health, or regulation and surveillance of drinking-water quality, nongovernmental or intergovernmental organisations. The guidance provides a broad range of examples and case studies from lower- to higher-income settings, highlighting practical solutions to real-world challenges from around the globe to help readers apply the guidance in diverse contexts.

This second edition streamlines guidance on the integration of climate resilience and equity into the water safety planning approach, to help support access to safely managed drinking-water services for all users, despite growing uncertainties from a changing climate.

Download the complementary guidance

The Aquatown water safety plan: worked example is an extract of a water safety plan to support implementation of the guidance provided in the Water safety plan manual, second edition.

Download basic Water safety plan templates

These templates can support early-stage WSP teams to get started. They should be used in conjunction with the guidance provided in the Water safety plan manual, second edition.

The templates can be downloaded all at once in the Toolbox zip folder

Additional resources and supplementary tools to support water safety planning can be found at www.wsportal.org 

Related links

Link to the press release on the launch of the second edition of the Water safety plan manual

Water safety plan manual (WSP manual): step-by-step risk management for drinking-water, first edition

See full list of resources to support water safety planning 

Brenda Ampomah-Ankrah

Strategic Programmes Officer (Consultant) - Strategic Programmes & Engagement brenda.ampomah [a] iwahq.org