1 June 2016


The Global Water Safety Conference was held on April 25-29, 2016, in Palawan, Philippines. The event was organized by the International Water Association (IWA) and the Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA), and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The focus of the event was on Water Safety Planning as the basic framework for assuring and ensuring the quality of water service through systematic assessment and management of health risks attendant to domestic water supply operations. The extensive programme covered topics ranging from

  • Leading practices and lessons learned from WSP implementation;
  • Innovative Policies and Regulations for Drinking Water Quality Management;
  • Improving Resilience to Climate Impacts from Catchment to Consumer; and
  • Sanitation Safety Plan Implementation and Integration with WSPs.

The convergence of high-caliber water supply policy makers, planners, managers, operators and experts in the event enabled the participants to share vital experiences and best practices. It also promoted valuable discussions about preserving and sustaining the full benefits of safe drinking water supply to public health and sanitation in their respective countries and communities.

The new Water Safety Portal was launched during the opening ceremony of the Global Water Safety Conference.