Water Safety Plans and Climate Change Mitigation

Roeger, Alexandra and Tavares, António, "Water Safety Plans and Climate Change Mitigation" in Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals ed. Filho, Walter Leal and Azul, Anabela (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2021), 1-11.

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  • Author Roeger, Alexandra
    Tavares, António
    Book Editor Filho, Walter Leal
    Azul, Anabela
    Chapter Title Water Safety Plans and Climate Change Mitigation
    Book Title Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    Publication Date 2021-01-01
    Place of Publication Cham
    Publisher Springer International Publishing
    Start page 1
    End page 11
    Language eng
    Abstract Quality water at affordable prices for all is a key condition for the promotion of public health, environmental sustainability, and quality and safety of life. In a context of growing external uncertainties arising from changes in the climate and the environment, ensuring these conditions is an upward concern and is of utmost relevance to increase scientific research on the impacts of climate change on water quality modification and in minimization/mitigation strategies. Scientific data already shows that morbidity and mortality are directly related to climate change effects, as changes in the timing and intensity of rainfall directly affect the quantity and quality of water resources for different users, with water quality for human consumption being severely affected. The impact of climate change on water quality places additional pressure on water utilities’ capacity to sustain water service provision and the economic viability and cost-effectiveness of treatment and distribution. For that matter, there is a growing sense of urgency for utilities to build resilience towards weather extremes as an integral part of a water supply management, implementing adequate technology or practice to assess and address risks of extreme events. Water safety plans (WSPs) are regarded as part of the solution, contributing to minimize climate change impacts on water utilities services and, inherently, on water quality. This article presents WSPs as an important and strategic tool linked to public policies in the water supply sector.
    Keyword Water safety plans
    Climate change
    Drinking water quality
    Risk assessment
    Water supply management
    Copyright Holder Springer Nature Switzerland AG
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783319959634
    DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-95963-4_91
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