Water Safety Plans

The primary objective of public and private entities responsible for the supply of water intended for human consumption is to ensure its protection throughout the entire water supply system.

Currently, most water suppliers only monitor the quality of drinking water at the consumer's tap. Yet, by the time tests are completed and results indicate that the water is not safe to drink; thousands of people may have already consumed the water and become sick. Notification comes too late. Moreover even with frequent monitoring, the vast majority of water distributed to consumers will never be tested.

An over-emphasis on end-product testing can be expensive, time-consuming and of limited benefit.

"The most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of a drinking-water supply is through the use of a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that encompasses all steps in water supply from catchment to consumer. In these Guidelines, such approaches are termed water safety plans (WSPs). (...) The primary objectives of a WSP in ensuring good drinking-water supply practice are the minimization of contamination of source waters, the reduction or removal of contamination through treatment processes and the prevention of contamination during storage, distribution and handling of drinking-water." 

Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. 3rd Edition, World Health Organization 2004

Adopting an integrated approach that identifies and manages risk in a pro-active way, from catchment to consumer's tap, is essential and the right thing to do.

The implementation of a Water Safety Plan is the way to ensure safe drinking water now and in the future.

What is a Drinking Water Safety Plan?

The Water Safety Plan is a risk management tool based on a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach to all steps in a water supply chain, from catchment to consumer´s tap.  It identifies risks, puts in place controls and verifies their effectiveness and takes on a prevention approach rather than reactive.

Why do it?

It is the most effective way of ensuring that a water supply is safe for human consumption and that it meets the health based standards and other regulatory requirements. The application of the Water Safety Plan provides customers and regulators with confidence in the quality of the water supplied each and every day.

Understanding the risks allows the implementation of effective controls that safeguard water quality during the operation and maintenance of the treatment works and network of water mains.

This proactive approach to managing risks means that it is possible to anticipate problems and protect public health and guide water suppliers to optimum performance and productivity identifying the areas in which the investment is justified, effectively directing their human and financial resources.

Supports communication and good working relationships with all stakeholders involved: regulatory agencies, local authorities and health officials.

Defines and demonstrates corporate commitment to water quality. Much greater due diligence if things go wrong.

The management of this process is only possible with a dedicated team and always updated. For this reason, acquawise articulates its resources with national and international partners specializing in this area, providing a specific service to each client and thus creating value in the:

  • Implementation of water safety plans
  • Revision of water safety plans

We see that risks are not necessarily reduced by spending more money but by helping you focus your company's resources on the most effective way of protecting the health of your customers and enhancing the reputation of your company.

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