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Water Safety Plans for Hyderabad


The most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of a drinking-water supply is through the use of a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that encompasses all steps in water supply from catchments to consumer (WHO, 2005). World Health Organization guidelines on water quality term these approaches as water safety plans (WSPs). The WSP approach has been developed to organize and systematize a long history of management practices applied to drinking-water and to ensure the applicability of these practices to the management of drinking-water quality. WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality outlines a preventive management framework for safe drinking-water. The WSP is guided by health-based targets and overseen through drinking-water supply surveillance.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) which caters to the drinking water needs of about 6.5 million people, is in the process of developing pilot WSPs in three sites, in collaboration with the WHO, USEPA, NEERI, Department of Health and IHS. Each site represents one of the three major modes of water supply in Hyderabad city. In two of the sites-Adikmet and Moinbhag, the HMWSSB is directly providing water to the consumer. Moinbhag in the old city of Hyderabad receives intermittent water supply and has water supply and sewerage systems that were mostly laid about 70 years ago. Adikmet has comparatively newly laid systems with 24X7 water supply. Serilingampalli is an adjoining municipality of Hyderabad and receives bulk water supply from HMWSSB which is then provided to consumers by the Municipal Council.

The IHS has been contributing to the WSP by organizing expert group meetings and providing inputs for development of health based targets. Dr. C.K.George, Director IHS serves on the Steering Committee on Water Safety Plans and Saritha K, Head, WQTS, IHS serves on Task Force for Monitoring implementation of Water Safety Plans constituted by the HMWSSB.

Click here for recent study carried out by IHS on Assessing Acute Gastroenteritis Risks Associated with Water Quality and Sanitation in the WSP sites



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