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ISO Publishes Agreement on Water Security
May 28, 2008

With the security of drinking water a major concern worldwide, new guidelines from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on managing drinking water supplies during crises are particularly opportune.

The ISO International Workshop Agreement IWA 6, Guidelines for the management of drinking water utilities under crisis conditions, is the first document of its type backed by international consensus.

The IWA 6 guidelines constitute the first stage of a comprehensive suite of standards for water security that will serve society.

IWA 6 provides a framework for the management of water crises and proposes tools and means for ensuring drinking water security, and models for water distribution systems security.

The publication of the IWA 6 guidelines for water crisis management gives water utilities an approach for securing for themselves and for providing their stakeholders assurance about their security and continuity preparedness, emergency, contingency plans and performance. The guidelines also provide a framework for meeting legal and policy requirements in these areas. In addition, the management methodology proposes is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act model, to facilitate continual improvement.

IWA 6, Guidelines for the management of drinking water utilities under crisis conditions, is available from ISO Central Secretariat through the ISO Store or by contacting Sandrine Tranchard in the Marketing & Communication department at tranchard@iso.org.


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