Sanitation Safety Planning (SSP)

Sanitation Safety Planning is a risk assessment and risk management methodology recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). SSP helps sanitation system operators to minimize health risk, maximize health benefits and protect environment, namely catchment area for drinking water. (access here to WHO/IWA manual)

Prevent contamination by direct or indirect exposure to sewage, human waste or sludge requires a safe management along the entire chain of sanitation. Involves multiple stakeholders and exposed groups in the collection, transportation, treatment, disposal and/or use of sanitation waste (by-products). This makes SSP implementation a major challenge.

As water availability problems increase, wastewater reuse becomes more a reality, but it needs to be done safely. Of course, health concerns are a major challenge for these approaches, as well as gaining the confidence of the general public.

Legal framework

In Portugal, for reuse water for non-potable uses is needed a risk assessment and management like sanitation safety planning methodology. The Portuguese Environmental Agency provides a guide with the minimum requirements. (access here the guide)

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