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.
- Guideline for Drinking-water Quality , (fourth edition) World Health Organization, 2011
- Water Safety planning for small community water supplies
- Revised Draft National Water Policy (2012), Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources
- Water Safety Plan Manual (WSP manual): Step-by-step risk management for drinking-water suppliers
- Progress on drinking water and sanitation 2012 update
- UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2012 Report
- Meeting the MDG drinking water and sanitation target: The Urban and Rural Challenge of the Decade
- A manual for economic assessment of drinking-water Interventions
- Ministry Health & Family Welfare
- Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India
- Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India
- Water Quality Assessment Authority, Government of India
- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (WHO Collaborative Centre for Water and Sanitation)
- National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)