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Small-scale water supplies

The work in the area of integrated management of small water supply and sanitation systems aims to of assess problems and health-related risks linked to small water supply systems, taking into account the social and economic aspects. It also aims at sharing information on the management of small and very small water supply systems.

This activity is mostly supported by WHO/Europe, and one of the main achievements under this area is the awareness-raising brochure “Small Scale Water Supplies in the pan-European Region: Background — Challenges — Improvements” developed on basis of conclusions and recommendations from the workshop on water safety in small-scale water supplies held in Bad Elster, Germany, 26–27 November 2008.

Small-scale water supplies and sanitation are an integral part of the Programme of work for 2014-2016, adopted by the Meeting of the Parties at its third session (Oslo, 25-27 November 2013). Work in this area is co-led by Germany, Serbia and WECF (Women in Europe for a Common Future).

Activities under this thematic area provide evidence-based policy guidance and information as a basis for developing effective, good practice-based approaches to regulation, safe management and surveillance of small-scale water supplies and sanitation. This will substantiate and foster consideration of small-scale water supplies and sanitation in the target-setting process according to the provisions of article 6 of the Protocol. Complementary field activities will contribute to improving the in-country evidence base of the situation of small-scale water supplies and sanitation and to scaling up water and sanitation safety planning approaches.

More information on small-scale water supplies and sanitation can be found on the WHO/Europe website.