Guidelines for water safety plans for rural water supply systems

The revised National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) Guidelines 2009-2012 issued by Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, Department of Drinking Water Supply has shifted the focus from source development and installation of water supply system for providing drinking water supply to rural household to focus on development of village security plan which also includes village safety plan before taking up planning and installation of water supply system to ensure provision of safe and adequate water supply to each rural household at a convenient location on a sustainable basis. Basically it envisages provision of drinking water as a part of the overall water resources management and safety plan. In the above context water safety issues play an important role for sustainable water supply in the rural habitations in the country. The water safety aims at keeping not only surveillance to all unit operations in water supply but also provides guidelines with do