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Tuesday, 07 August 2012 18:38

1. WHO manual “Water safety planning for small community water supplies” has been translated in Russian.

The manual is designed to engage and empower communities in the Water Safety Plans (WSP) development and implementation process, and gives guidance on how to do so. Guidance is provided on how to develop and implement a WSP through six achievable tasks. By following the WSP approach as described in this manual, small communities can improve the management of their drinking-water systems to achieve incremental and sustainable improvements in their drinking-water quality. The manual would be useful for small communities and their water suppliers, operators as well as local and governmental officials and health-care staff. Although the definition of small communities defer in different countries they face common operating and management challenges. The manual gives guidance as well as practical examples on how to apply effective and achievable management actions in order to improve the safety and quality of supplied water.

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2. “On the Right Track” — new book of good practices in realising the human rights to water and sanitation, presented in March 2012 by the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque.

The book discusses the practices in detail, and debates some of the more difficult issues. It provides discussion and analysis of existing practices in order to inspire policy- and decision makers, practitioners, activists and civil society in general to engage with the rights to water and sanitation to assist in the process of ensuring that everyone has access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for all daily personal and domestic purposes. The State actions and the legal and institutional frameworks (constitutions, Water Acts and water and sanitation policies and programmes) that promote the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation, financing for the sector, good practices for targeted budgeting and appropriate subsidies to ensure affordability of services for all, activities of non-State stakeholders, accountability of the State and other actors through the monitoring of water and sanitation services, gaps in the practices — issues that are examined and discussed in the book. The UNECE Protocol on Water and Health is presented in Discussion box 1.1.

The book is available on line: