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Dear Water Safety Portal member!

2016 was an exciting year where the revamped Water Safety Portal was launched as well as the Global Water Safety Conference was successfully conducted. Many thanks for each of you for contributing to the online portal, every addition is what keeps the online network alive and allows for knowledge sharing. New functions of the Portal include rating and commenting on the documents, as well as easily contacting the uploader. In 2017, newsletters will start to come on a more regular basis, but in front of you right now is a special end-of-the-year edition to sum up some key outcomes of 2016 per region. 

At the bottom of this newsletter you will find links to the most recent news and uploaded documents, as well as upcoming events. For more news, events and documents, please visit
We wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Kind regards,

2016 Highlights

Europe (by Oliver Schmoll, WHO):
  • Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health have adopted a new programme of work for 2017-2019 which puts due emphasis on supporting long-term uptake of risk-based management approaches. The Protocol is a multilateral agreement open to all countries of the WHO European Region. The new programme of work, adopted at the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (Geneva, 14-16 November 2016), provides great impetus to further scaling-up WSP implementation in policy and practice. 
  • In Tajikistan, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection have started a two-year project to inform the possible uptake of the WSP approach in national drinking-water regulations. National WSP facilitators will be trained, demonstration WSPs in rural and small town water supplies implemented and a customized national WSP guidance developed. It is financially supported by the Government of Finland. 
South and Southeast Asia (by David Sutherland, WHO):
  • Eleven of the regions’ most experienced WSP master trainers conducted a highly successful programme of WSP auditing in villages, towns and cities in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste and have proven themselves to be true WSP experts available as a technical resource for the region.
  • All main WSP implementing countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste) have prepared continuation strategies for long term commitment to WSP implementation and improvement and most are developing institutional mechanisms for water quality surveillance including WSP auditing.
  • Water quality monitoring (for both operational monitoring and verification purposes) is increasing and demonstrating improvements in the quality of water being supplied by utilities with implemented WSPs in place (from Nepal, Bhutan and Timor-Leste).
  • Most participating countries now have budgets in place to support implementation of many hundreds of rural WSPs. Urban WSPs still need additional support but ADB is helping in this regard in a few countries.
Africa (by Kizito Masinde, IWA and Rory McKeown, WHO):
  • More utilities in Africa are now taking up water safety planning. Since this year, three major utilities in West Africa have worked with IWA to conduct WSP training for sections of their staff. They include Ghana Water Company Limited (Ghana), Guma Valley Water Company (Sierra Leone) and Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (Liberia). With the realisation that successful implementation of WSPs is based on enhanced collaboration with stakeholders outside the utility, the utilities included officers from catchment authorities, consumer associations, regulatory bodies and health authorities in the trainings. These are subsequently included in their respective WSP teams.
  • The following utilities completed development of their WSPs and have begun implementation: Senegalese Des Eaux (SDE) – Saint Louis Water Supply system; Office National de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement (ONEA) – Koudougou Water Supply System ; Société des Eaux de Guinée (SEG) – Dabola Water Supply System; and Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) - Kwanyuku Water Supply System;
  • In Ghana in September 2016, WHO have worked with partners UNICEF and key national stakeholders to support water safety planning activities in the rural sub-sector, through WSP orientation and technical training events. In addition, WHO have supported the development of a rural WSP template and training programme, which is soon to be piloted in rural communities in Northern Ghana
  • A national WSP training of trainers event for urban water safety planning was held in Kenya in February in 2016 to support the development of a core team of national WSP trainers; further WSP training events are planned for early 2017 to support the national roll-out of WSPs in Kenya
  • In March 2016, a WSP sensitization workshop was held for key national stakeholders to support the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into national policy and to initiate water safety planning activities in Mali; further activities are envisaged in 2017.
The Americas (by Teofilo Monteiro, WHO):
  • WSP virtual course in Spanish from the launching in May 2016 reached more than 1000 participants. The version in Portuguese and French is about to be available at PAHO Virtual Campus.
  • To be in line with the WHO Guideline on Water, countries in the region are revising water quality national regulations to include WSP as part of their Water Safety Framework. Brazil, Colombia and Peru already adopted WSP into their norms. ETRAS organized a workshop with Andean Countries of the Region to discuss pros and cons of the implementation of a legal framework to make sure the whole engagement for risk management approach.
  • The inter-sectoral approach, especially to engage water resources key players with mandate to protect the water basin is the major challenge in the region. The discussion on the leader agency on WSP need to be put in place as in general in the region the municipality is a concessionaire of water services.
WHO urban WSP training package available to download
Call for water safety plan trainers for global training event
Launch of WHO publication Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment
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Upcoming Events
11th IWA Symposium on Tastes, Odours, and algal Toxins in Water: Occurrence and Control
Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events
LET 2017- The 14th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies
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Recent Resources
Technical Brief: Water Safety Plans and Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
WSP template for rural water supplies in Ghana
Checklist for auditing a drinking water treatment plant
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