Water Safety Planning: Impacts in Small Municipal and Private Water Supply Systems

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Water Safety Plans (WSPs) are a methodology developed by the World Health Organization to assess and manage risks within drinking water systems. They involve a preventive, stakeholder-based approach to proactively identify risks from catchment to consumer in a specific drinking water system. However, WSP implementation has been limited in the US. With support from National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a team of researchers from the Water Institute will explore and report on the feasibility of an exploratory project in North Carolina to identify the impacts of introducing Water Safety Plans in small municipal and private water supply systems. The team will also identify potential locations to implement or coordinate pilot project(s) that are feasible and appropriate, identify factors that either facilitate or inhibit the implementation of the WSP process in the US context, and explore and report on the possibility of establishing an international collaborative network to identify the impacts of the introduction of WSPs in drinking water supply. This project will examine the applicability of the WSP process to the US context and its potential impacts.


Water Institute Researchers
Jamie Bartram
Pete Kolsky
Urooj Amjad
Jeanne Luh
Research Associate (TBN)