Drinking water

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Drinking water encompasses water used for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Health of the consumer is at a significant risk of getting affected by intake of water contaminated with infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and radiological substances.

As per the joint UNICEF-WHO Report, “Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2012 update”, 89 % of world’s population (92% of Indian population) had access to improved sources of drinking water.

WHO Country Office (WCO) for India has been facilitating support to key stakeholders in improving the quality of drinking water, development of guidelines and training manuals, research, capacity building and promotion of best practices. It has supported the development and implementation of Water Safety Plan in pilot areas of Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Surat in India. A number of guidelines, manuals and training modules on water quality have been developed by its support. WCO India has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Water Quality Assessment Authority, Government of India to provide a framework of cooperation in the area of water quality monitoring and assessment activities.