WHO New sanitary inspection packages for drinking-water

Helping to improve sanitation across the world. Sanitary inspection forms are standardized field checklists that support the assessment and management of risks within drinking-water supply systems. Sanitary inspection forms pose a number of basic observational questions that can help to identify risk factors, and prompt appropriate action to safeguard public health. The approach supports the implementation of key recommendations within the WHO Guidelines for drinking-water quality, namely, water safety planning and surveillance.

As part of the revision of the small water supplies guideline (Volume 3), WHO is currently revising the 1997 sanitary inspection forms. Sanitary inspection packages are being developed to ensure:

  • greater alignment with the water safety plan (WSP) approach
  • relevant and scientifically valid risk factors are included
  • appropriate technology options are available, alongside best practice technical and management advice.

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