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Water Safety Plans for communities

Guidance for adoption of Water Safety Plans at community level

2011 Available in English and French

A villager maintains and repairs their water pump

Where Tearfund partner BICC provides hand-pumps to supply clean water, it also teaches villagers how to repair and maintain them. Photo: Mark Lang/Tearfund

Water Safety Plans (WSPs) are a commonly used management system that rely on active community participation and leadership.

WSPs help communities to:

  • identify sources of potential contamination (the hazard)
  • develop methods to control the hazard
  • monitor when the water supply is in compliance
  • verify the effectiveness of the whole system (ie from catchment right through to the point of water use or consumption).

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