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Ten rural communities in Shefa Provinces will be assisted with improved quality water access

Ten rural communities in Shefa Provinces will be assisted with improved quality water access
Ten rural communities in Shefa Provinces will be assisted with improved quality water access
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Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS) WASH Team collaborates with the Department of Water Resources (DoWR) and Shefa Provincial Environmental Health to conduct the Drinking Water Security and Safety Planning (DWSSP) with the community of Teouma Bush on Efate to improve the Water Security and Quality of the water systems within the communities .
As part of its auxiliary role to the public authority provided under the Act of Vanuatu Red Cross Society , the National Society will assist 10 rural communities identified in Shefa Province to develop its “Drinking Water Security and Safety Plan” or DWSSP.
This project is in line with the national implementation plan for safe and secure drinking water (NIP) that was approved by the National Water Advisor Council. NIP is a national framework for achieving Vanuatu’s vision of 100% access to safely managed drinking water by 2030. One of the key implementation mechanisms of NIP is “Drinking Water Safety and Security Plans (DWSSP) which is a community level planning tool and data gathering mechanism that enable the DoWR to plan and implement water infrastructure investments.
Four staffs of VRCS supported by a Shefa Provincial Water Supervisor and a Shefa Province Environmental Health Officer started their first implementation activity on Teouma Bush this week. Since Monday , Team and the community are working together to do the community profiling, as well as introduce a community WASH Risk mapping of the area where risks and hazards are identified as danger to quality and security of the water system. As a result, an improvement plan will be developed to ensure continuous operation and maintenance of the water systems enabling the community to have continuous access to safe clean water at all times.

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