water supply safety Articles

  • Water safety planning for small water supply systems: the framework and control measures

    A water safety plan (WSP) is a preventive comprehensive risk assessment and management approach to ensuring the safety of a drinking water supply from source to tap for public health protection. The concept was introduced in the last decade in international guidance documents and has been applied widely across a varied range of water supply systems, particularly, the public water utilities and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Ensuring consistent, reliable safety in the global food supply

    Abstract / Summary Waters is a leader in developing food and water quality testing systems that incorporate analytical standards and reagents, sample preparation products, chromatographic columns, instrumentation, and data management software. Our comprehensive solutions offer food and beverage laboratories the tools needed to check compliance with food and environmental regulations, ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Homeland Security for Drinking Water Supplies

    As it has done with other jurisdictions, Congress has recently passed legislation aimed at protecting our nation's drinking water resources. Historically, water supply protection has been a high priority, including reservoir protection, continuous monitoring, and secure and redundant facilities to ensure an uninterrupted supply of drinking water. The Clean Water Act (1972), requires pollution ...


    By AECOM

  • An international review of the challenges associated with securing buy-in for water safety plans within providers of drinking water supplies

    Since publication of the 3rd Edition of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Drinking Water Quality guidelines, global adoption of water safety plans (WSPs) has been gathering momentum. Most guidance lists managerial commitment and ‘buy-in’ as critical to the success of WSP implementation; yet the detail on how to generate it is lacking. This commentary discusses aspects of managerial commitment ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Achieving sustainable water supply through better institutions, design innovations and Water Safety Plans – an experience from Nepal

    Sustainable functionality of rural water infrastructures is a major challenge in Nepal, as elsewhere. This paper looks at systems for improved community-based water supply and sanitation management in the Rural Village Water Resources Management Project (RVWRMP), in mid and far west Nepal. The paper analysed 496 rural, community-managed drinking water and sanitation schemes (with 30 to 250 ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water safety plans at EPAL's water supply system-tool to prioritize investments and mitigation actions

    In 2007, EPAL – Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres, S.A. – started to implement a water safety plan (WSP) in its water supply system, from source to tap, following the international methodologies regarding risk management of water quality. Since the implementation of its first version of the WSP, EPAL has been working on the optimization of its methodology regarding identification and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Identification, assessment, and control of hazards in water supply: experiences from Water Safety Plan implementations in Germany

    According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Water Safety Plans (WSP), a Technical Risk Management was developed, which considers standard demands in drinking water treatment in Germany. It was already implemented at several drinking water treatment plants of different size and treatment processes in Germany. Hazards affecting water quality, continuity, and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Supply system factors associated with microbiological drinking water safety in regional New South Wales, Australia, 2001–2007

    Aim: To determine factors associated with microbiological safety of public drinking water systems in regional New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Method: We analysed 107,000 end-user drinking water samples for an association between detection of Escherichia coli and drinking water system features, sample year and season using NSW Health Drinking Water Monitoring Program data, 2001–2007. We used ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Feasibility study & master plan for water supply reservoir

    Client: North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission   Completion Date: 2003  Project Summary  Burns & McDonnell completed the feasibility study and master plan for a new water supply reservoir in Sullivan County, Mo. Sullivan County and other surrounding counties experienced severe drought conditions for several years and existing water ...


    By Burns & McDonnell

  • New Jersey Water Use Exceeding Supplies

    When people think of water scarcity, arid regions such as Israel, Egypt, and Southern California may come to mind, but the availability of clean, potable water may also be endangered in unexpected places, including New Jersey. Residents in some areas of the Garden State are using “tens of millions of gallons” more water than the ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Deterioration in water quality from supply chain to household and appropriate storage in the context of intermittent water supplies

    Many water providers in urban developing country contexts have to supply the water intermittently due to the disparity between rapidly growing demand and investment in supply infrastructure. This can lead to water quality risks such as ingress of polluted groundwater and unsafe household storage. This study has investigated the common risks and possible alternative solutions down the supply chain ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Development of sustainable operational technologies of the water treatment plant for stable water supply

    For the continuous and stable supply of safe drinking water, it is essential to not only design suitable water treatment plants that can handle the characteristics of raw water quality but also appropriately operate and control them. Controlling complicated water treatment systems using fewer operators essentially requires hazard identification and the establishment of the operation and control ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Lake supply & treatment expansion

    Client: City of Fort Smith Completion Date: 2003 - Design2006 - Lake construction2008 - Plant construction Services Provided Supply reservoir enlargement 30 million-gallon-per-day (MGD) water plant renovation New 20-MGD dual train water plant addition Pulsating clarifiers ...


    By Burns & McDonnell

  • Safety Training and Environmental Safety for Workers

    Safety training is a necessary part of an employment environment since it helps workers to remain free from harm and injury while performing their duties in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a governmental agency that mandates, educates and enforces workplace safety practices for specific fields of employment. Employees typically learn how to safely ...


    By OSEA

  • Pesticide Safety

    Where I live, in eastern, northern, southeastern Pennsylvania (you figure it out), nights are beginning to chill. I've noticed this for two reasons. First, the temperature is dipping below 50. Second, insects have begun finding their way inside the house. We capture most of the little buggers and release them but sooner or later someone reaches for a pesticide. We've already dealt with fleas on ...


  • Quantifying micro-organism removal for safe drinking water supplies

    Over the past ten years the management of microbiological drinking water quality in The Netherlands has shifted from curative administration toward a more preventative strategy. This shift in policy came as a result of the findings of reports from other developed countries which highlighted the risk from persistent pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, some enteroviruses; and the pathogenic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Key stakeholders' optimal strategy for upgrading water supply facilities in China

    It is urgent to upgrade, replace and improve water supply facilities in China. Penalty, subsidy and water price increase are often considered the main policy tools for encouraging water supply companies to upgrade their production facilities. However, the implementation of upgrading water supply facilities is being confronted with some uncertainties because of the conflicts of involved ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effective water supply surveillance in urban areas of developing countries

    ABSTRACTWater supply surveillance generates data on the safety and adequacy of drinking water supply in order to contribute to the protection of human health. Most current models of water supply surveillance for urban areas come from developed countries and have significant shortcomings if directly applied elsewhere. There are differences not only in socio-economic conditions but also in the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Empowering rural communities: simple Water Safety Plans

    Every year 2800 deaths in Pacific island countries result from diarrhoea, and most are children under five years of age. These tragic diarrheal deaths are preventable as they are often linked to unsafe water, lack of proper sanitation facilities and poor hygienic practices. Effective preventive management through the framework of a drinking Water Safety Plan (WSP) is an efficient mechanism for ...


    By IWA Publishing

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