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.