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Water safety planning: An introduction

A self-led online course on the water safety planning approach and its importance in ensuring a safe water supply for a community


A grandmother fetches water for her grandchildren.

Water safety planning ensures a safe water supply for all generations. Photo: Tom Price/Tearfund

About this course

At any point along a community’s water supply, contaminants may enter, compromising the quality and safety of their drinking water.

Water safety planning is recognised by the World Health Organization as an effective approach to ensure safe and clean drinking water for communities.

This course will introduce you to water safety planning and explain how water safety plans address the risks to a safe drinking water supply, preventing contamination from occurring throughout the water supply journey.

Course details

What does this course include?

  • Scenario-based activities, to help you to consider what safe water is
  • A video about the water safety planning process
  • Interactive exercises, to help you to apply your knowledge

What will you gain from the course?

You will gain an understanding of what constitutes safe water and how contaminants can enter a community’s water supply.

You will be introduced to water safety plans and learn how they help ensure safe water delivery to the point of consumption in communities.

Lastly, you will work through the steps involved in developing a community water safety plan.

How long will the course take?

It will take approximately 40 minutes to complete this course.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free!

Will I get a certificate at the end?

Once you have completed the course you will be able to download a certificate.

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