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How can the safety of drinking-water be monitored globally? What definitions would be meaningful and assist decision-makers in the process of improving the drinking-water situation in the world? What research and development efforts are needed to come up with a rapid, reliable and cost-effective way of measuring water quality indicators locally and reporting on them at the global level. Since the decision in 2000 to adopt a method based on nationally representative household surveys, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) has explored options to report on the safety of drinking-water supplies. In this connection, between 2002 and 2008 the rapid assessment of drinking-water quality (RADWQ) project was designed, implemented and documented in a number of pilot countries where the quality of drinking-water from improved sources was evaluated. [authors abstract of the project]

TitleRapid assessment of drinkingwater quality in the hashemite kingdom of Jordan : country report of the pilot project implementation in 2004-2005
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsProperzi, F, WHO -Geneva, CH, World Health Organization
Paginationxi, 60 p.; 4 fig.; 29 tab.
Date Published2010-01-01
PublisherWorld Health Organization (WHO)
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
ISSN Number9789241500579
Keywordsdrinking water, jordan, water quality, who/unicef joint monitoring programme

In 2004 and 2005 the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan participated with five other countries in a World Health Organization/United Nations Children’s Fund (WHO/UNICEF) pilot project to test a method for the rapid assessment of the quality of drinking-water. The purpose of the Rapid Assessment of Drinking-Water Quality (RADWQ) project was to develop a tool that would support the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) in strengthening its monitoring efforts of the global access to safe drinking-water. The results of the RADWQ pilot project in Jordan confirm the validity of routine national monitoring data, which show that drinking-water quality is generally high in the distribution network. Compliance with WHO guideline values and national standards for bacteria is 99.9%, and overall compliance is 97.8% (this figure includes data for chemical contaminants). The overall compliance rate increases to 99.9% if the Jordanian maximum permitted limits are used as the references, instead
of the allowed limits1. In some areas, the results for nitrates, conductivity and iron indicate there is cause for concern. Although household samples show that some contamination occurs between the network pipes and household taps, the chlorination level usually ensures the safety of water at the time of consumption. [authors abstract]

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