Thirty-fifth session

WPR/RC35.R15

Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling resolutions WHA34.25, WHA36.13 and WPR/RC34.R4 on the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade;

         Recognizing the importance of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation services as essential components in the primary health care approach to the goal of health for all by the year 2000;

         Having reviewed the report of the Regional Director on the Guidelines for drinking-water quality;*

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to update their national drinking-water standards, taking into consideration the Guidelines for drinking-water quality;
    (2) to develop and implement monitoring, surveillance and control programmes to ensure the safety of drinking water; and
    (3) to initiate a community-level information and education programme that will foster awareness of the people's right to safe drinking water and of the people's responsibility for the proper use and maintenance of water supply systems or facilities to ensure the safety of drinking water, whenever the community is directly involved in their operation and maintenance;
    (4) to improve further the operation and maintenance of existing water and sanitation systems and to institute programmes for their rehabilitation;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to intensify support to Member States for the promotion of national drinking-water standards through the use of the Guidelines;
    (2) to continue to cooperate with Member States in the development of national programmes for monitoring, surveillance and control of drinking-water supplies to ensure their safe use;
    (3) to intensify activities at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Centre for the Promotion of Environmental Planning and Applied Studies in support of national programmes for the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade.

* WPR/RC35/12

11 September 1984


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