Water safety plans (WSPs) provide a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that enables utilities to consider the hazards at every step of the water supply chain, from the catchment to the consumer. They are widely accepted as the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of a drinking water supply, offering a proactive approach to assess and manage current and future risks.
The climate resilience role for water safety plans
Climate-resilient WSPs (CR WSPs) give greater consideration to the impacts of climate change and variability at each step of the water supply system, including a greater focus on water quantity, as opposed to just quality. The overall aim remains one of ensuring that the utility retains the capacity to anticipate, respond to, cope with, and recover from stress and change, maintaining its essential function, identity and structure in the face of all hazards.