Water Safety Planning for Urban Water Utilities: Practical Guide for ADB Staff

Institutional Document | May 2017

This handbook provides guidance on integrating the Water Safety Plan approach into ADB's urban water projects to facilitate compliance with global good practices.

The World Health Organization estimates that contaminated drinking water causes 502,000 diarrheal deaths each year and that by 2025, half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas. ADB is committed to provide safe drinking water throughout Asia and the Pacific. This handbook was prepared for ADB project officers as a guide toward efficient integration of the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach into ADB's urban water operations. The WSP is a tool that assists water suppliers and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize system needs. This publication provides a step-by-step guide on developing and implementing a WSP using guidelines, templates, evaluation criteria, and terms of reference for early technical assessments and project preparatory technical assistance stages.


  • Table and Figures
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Overview of Concepts and Principles
  • Part 2: Integration of Water Safety Plans into ADB’s Project Cycle
  • Part 3: Templates
  • Part 4: References and Supporting Documents

Additional Details

  • Urban development
  • Water
  • Urban Water
  • TIM168532-2
  • 978-92-9257-789-6 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-790-2 (e-ISBN)

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