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Many changes have occurred recently in how our country protects its water supplies. Environmental health practitioners work daily to ensure that our water is safe through treatment, monitoring, and regulating activities.

This section provides information on the protection of water supplies as well as on responding to contamination threats and incidents.

A Survey of the Quality of Water Drawn from Domestic Wells in Nine Midwest States [PDF - 760 KB] – 1994 survey to assess the presence of bacteria and chemicals in states severely affected by flooding in 1993

CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response – how to prepare for, plan for, and respond to water safety after disasters:

Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox – provides a protocol and practical guide for communicating with stakeholders and the public about water advisories that is based on research and identified practices

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – helps health care facilities regardless of size or patient capacity develop Emergency Water Supply Plans as part of their overall emergency operations plans

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – 10 modules that focus on key environmental health issues and challenges for emergency response

Linking Public Health and Water Utilities to Improve Emergency Response – how water utilities and the public health system must work together in response to contamination of drinking water supplies

Water-Related Emergencies and Outbreaks – includes information on cleaning and sanitizing, flood water exposure, and buildings and facilities damaged by flood water


Links to information from outside CDC

The Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center – tools and resources for preparedness that can be used by public health departments nationwide, including

Drinking Water Emergencies (Washington State Department of Health) – publications and resources to be used for drinking water emergencies

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Physician Preparedness for Acts of Water Terrorism – guide for physicians to recognize and treat waterborne disease and health effects of exposure to water contamination

Recognizing Waterborne Disease and the Health Effects of Water Pollution (Water Health Connection Organization) – resources and educational tools to assist physicians in the recognition of waterborne disease and the health effects of water pollution (e.g., evaluation and management of disease resulting from waterborne pathogens, chemical contaminants, etc and health risk communication

Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center – security and disaster preparedness information for America’s drinking water and wastewater utilities

World Health Organization (WHO)

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