Extreme weather events, causing floods, droughts, can have major implications for the performance of water and wastewater infrastructure and services, and the availability of good quality water. Related to sanitation, post-flood areas show a significant occurrence of water-related infectious diseases. Disease outbreaks following heavy precipitation or floods are often the result of contamination of the drinking-water supply systems and living environment. During droughts, drinking water availability and quality can also be affected.  Occurance of extreme weather events are increasing and providing adequate services can be challenging.

In response to extreme events, adaptation strategies are being developed and implemented, at policy level, but also by drinking water and sanitation service providers. Water and sanitation safety plans (WSSP), as recommended by the World Health Organization, offer comprehensive risk-based management tools to enhance these efforts focusing on preventive measures and emergency response and preparedness planning.

During the 2017 6-7th April pan-European Symposium Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events, cross-cutting topics will be addressed. Presentations and workshops will be organised with the goal of presenting achievements, experiences and challenges of water and sanitation professionals and regulators, in addressing extreme weather events, with a special focus on cases from the pan-European region.  But is not limited to the region alone.

This event presents a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experiences from within the region and to advance the topic of climate-resilient planning for water supply and sanitation services. Working language of the symposium is English.


Oral and poster presentations from over 15 countries from the pan-European region on challenges and extreme event adaptation measures

April 6th Water Safety Plan Workshop (English) – When talking about water safety we often address either quantity or quality. Extreme weather events and climate change ask for an integrative approach of risk assessment and management of drinking water service systems. This workshop will address the role of water safety plans in addressing climate change risks- with a WHO certified WSP trainer

April 6th WHO Sanitation Safety Plan Workshop (English) – What is Sanitation safety planning and how can it support risk assessment and management of water reuse? A common practice in reality, and on the rise in the in light of climate change and growing water scarcity. This SSP workshop will address the new concept of Sanitation safety plans for managing risks in wastewater reuse- with a certified SSP trainer.

April 7th Regulators Forum – State of the art of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation with special attention to Climate Change Challenges -Achievements, challenges and needs in the region  will be shared, with regard to:

  • Access and quality of drinking water supply and sanitation and impact of extreme weather events.
  • The role of WSSP as an instrument for governance
  • Prerequisites for implementation e.g.: Financing, Institutional framework, Competence in organizations, Awareness raising (e.g. public, political)

The application deadline for financial support has been closed and beneficaries have been notified.