Water Safety Plans

Developing water safety plans involving schools

The WSP is a concept to develop a process-orientated observation of the water supply and its goal is to identify and eliminate all the possible risks in the entire water supply system:

From the potential risks of water pollution in the catchment area all the way along the line to the consumers. 

For the development of WSP we propose to involve schools, and will focus only on small-scale water supplies, such as bore holes, dug-wells and springs 

This action plan proposes a program for children’s involvement in the monitoring of the quality of drinking water and the environment in their village. 

The main goal of this program is

•  Minimizing the health risks caused by unsafe drinking water 
•  Motivating citizens to take local action for improving their environment and their access to information and to safe drinking water. 
•  Involving pupils and their teachers in monitoring of drinking water in their villages. 
•  Identifying and cooperating with all stakeholders related to the water supply system.  
•  Raising awareness about water quality, the sources of pollution and water protection.  

This program will have several outcomes, such as: 

•  Understanding of the water supply system and the risks and danger of pollution 
•  Awareness raising about possible water borne diseases 
•  Regular monitoring of drinking water quality 
•  Registration of the seasonal fluctuations of nitrate concentrations in the water  
•  Assessment and mapping the risks of drinking water pollution 
•  Environmental awareness raising among children and citizens through active participation. 
•  Mobilization of the citizens and authorities for taking local action 
•  Cooperation and capacity building of all stakeholders 
•  Strengthening the demand for active water protection measures on local, regional and national level  
•  The results will be presented to the citizens and the media 
•  The results of the program can be used for lobbying for the right to information and access to safe drinking water 
•  The program will contribute to a better gender balance; besides men, women will be involved in planning and decision making processes. 

Our target groups for the training are: 

Partner working on the issue water (one partner per NGO) 

Staff of schools interested to work in their community on WSP (2 staff members of an interested school) 

Remark: the training does not focus on large-scale centralized water supply systems, but on small communities with a simple local drinking water supply. 

 Manual for Water Safety Plans

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