Handbook for Preparing a Water Safety Plan

Published online: 
01 May 2019
Handbook for Preparing a Water Safety Plan.

A water safety plan is an essential tool for providing safe drinking-water.

Water safety planning as a concept was first developed in the late 1990s and gradually rolled out globally over the early 2000s, led by the World Health Organization.

The Health Act 1956 requires certain drinking-water suppliers to have and implement a water safety plan. A water safety plan documents a public health risk-based assessment and management process that aims to ensure a safe and secure supply of drinking-water for consumers, protecting public health.

Water safety planning strengthens the focus on preventive measures across the whole drinking-water supply system, moving away from a reliance on after-the-event end-point water quality testing. It promotes a multi-barrier approach to managing risks, which safeguards against the failure of any one barrier. Water safety planning supports continuous improvement and guides day-to-day activities now and into the future.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    01 May 2019
  • ISBN:
    978-1-98-856866-9 (online)
  • HP number:
    7057
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2019. New Zealand Drinking-water Safety Plan Handbook. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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