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Global Water Safety Conference

April 25 - April 28, 2016
Palawan - Philippines
Aziza Paradise Hotel, Puerto Princesa City

Global Water Safety Conference



A pathway to universal access of safe drinking water and sanitation and improved service delivery



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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets a clear vision: all people should enjoy access to safely managed drinking-water supply and sanitation services. Putting safety at the center is essential for the protection of public health and provides a clear goal and mandate for all service providers.

The World Health Organization has been promoting water safety plans (WSPs) for more than a decade through its Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. The WSP approach is considered to be the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of a drinking-water supply. Around the globe we see rapid uptake of water safety planning approaches in policy and practice. Despite the many success stories we see in applying WSPs we still need to reach out and accelerate our efforts to make risk management principles a common body of thought at scale.

The Global Water Safety Conference in Palawan provides an excellent opportunity for the water community to network and share experience around water and sanitation safety planning approaches across countries and regions. The Conference offers space for practitioners, policy makers and researchers to learn about available tools, achievements and impacts, success stories, bottlenecks and solutions, and for discussing success factors for sustainable scale-up of WSPs.

I am looking forward to meeting you in Palawan.



Water safety related topics regularly feature in the world media, occasionally due to wrong reasons. The recent incident in Flint in the United States is a stark reminder for all of us to be proactive in managing risks to drinking water supply. Water Safety Plan (WSP) implementation was pioneered in Australia and other affluent countries in the late 1990s. These WSPs have now matured, and regulatory and institutional frameworks are in place to ensure that the water we drink at our homes is absolutely safe.

WSP implementation in urban, peri-urban, rural and small water supply systems has now successfully spread across to other countries around the world thanks to initiatives from the IWA and WHO in the past 10 years. It is pleasing to note that we are now in a position to talk about WSP implementation, rather than basic concepts and how to go about developing WSPs. Despite the fact that hundreds of WSPs have been developed and/or implemented around the globe, there remain challenges ahead of us to ensure WSPs are effective, including integrating WSPs to day to day operational activities, strengthening capacity building in areas such as developing practical standards, WSP auditing and moving towards effective regulatory frameworks.

I am excited for the opportunity to meet and listen to experts and WSP champions on challenges and success stories in WSP implementation. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to actively participate in topical WSP themes via workshops and technical sessions in the areas of WSP implementation, including regulatory and institutional frameworks, climate change impacts, and auditing. I encourage you to attend this conference if you are involved in the WSP cycle - whether you are a government regulator, policy maker, water supplier or auditor, together we can make a difference towards the ultimate goal of ensuring safe water to the public.

I hope to see you in Palawan in April. 


Learn more about the workshops and side-events and book your spot. 



  • Water Safety Plan Implementation: Benefits and Lessons Learned
  • Innovative Policies and Regulations for Drinking Water Quality Management 
  • Risk-based Investment Planning for Water Supply Systems 
  • Operation and Maintenance of Water Supply Systems
  • Auditing Water Safety Plans
  • Improving Resilience to Climate Impacts from Catchment to Consumer
  • Sanitation Safety Plan Implementation
  • Integrating WSPs and SSPs: Opportunities, Examples and Lessons Learned
  • WSPs for Small water supplies 
  • Water Safety Plan Impact Assessment
  • Capacity building approaches on Water Safety Plans
  • Approaches to sustainable scale up of Water Safety
  • Equitable and Universal Access to Safe Drinking Water: Approaches, Initiatives and Lessons Learned


PROGRAMME OVERVIEW -  For full conference programme, please click here.



Programme Committee Members:

Chair – Asoka Jayaratne, Yarra Valley Water

Chair – Oliver Schmoll, WHO

Committee Members:

David Sutherland, WHO

Alex von Hildebrand, WHO

Angella Rhinehold, WHO

Pritha Hariram, IWA

Marie Sagen, IWA

Neneth Javier, PWWA

Roger Borja, PWWA

Fiorella Pollo, UNICEF

Rui Sancho, Aguas Do Algarve

Rafael Bastos, University of Vicosa

Patrick Smeets, KWR




Conference Venue: Aziza Paradise Hotel, Puerto Princesa City Palawan, Philippines



See accommodation options here.



Booth Cost: PhP 60,000.00

Reservation Fee: PhP 10,000.00 (upon signing of contract to confirm your booth preference/ Not Refundable)


  • One night hotel accommodation
  • Admission of 2 representatives to all functions
  • Conference kit

Product Presentation: PhP 30,000.00

  • 25 minutes presentation (designated slot)
  • Admission to all functions (presentor only)




For queries, please contact:

Ms. Neneth B. Javier / Ms. Norma Luarca

Tel. Nos.: +632920 7145; 927 8781

Fax Nos.: +632 920 7145

Mobile: +63 9178030125

Email: pwwamail@gmail.com 

Website: www.pwwa.org.ph 



For queries about the programme, please contact:

Pritha Hariram




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