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Private Wells and Other Unregulated Drinking Water Systems—Improving State and Local Capacity to Manage Risks – Information about CDC funding to 11 recipients to count and gather data on private wells and other drinking water systems not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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.

Drinking Water – CDC’s drinking water website; topics include public and private water systems, bottled water, and water fluoridation.

Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox – This 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.

Drinking Water Fact Sheet [PDF - 278 KB] – Fact sheet from National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) Local Board of Health Environmental Health Primer.

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

Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) – Comprehensive online/on-demand package of courses for environmental public health practitioners including a module on potable water.

EnvPHPS Logic Model for Drinking Water Programs – Tool with recommended strategies for public health department drinking water programs and activities to improve programmatic performance using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services

Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (GWASH) – Information about evaluating sustainability of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions; improving access to safe drinking water through the implementation of Water Safety Plans; and researching the public health impacts of sanitation programs.

Healthy Housing Reference Manual – Information about the impact of housing on health and safety and includes a chapter on rural water supplies and water-quality issues.

Household Water Treatment & Safe Water Storage – Information about treatment that happens at the point of water collection or use in areas where community water systems do not exist.

Parasites in Water – CDC information on parasites in drinking and recreational water.

Public Health Issues Associated With Small Drinking Water Systems Not Regulated by the Safe Drinking Water [PDF - 320 KB] – Environmental public health concerns associated with small (i.e., not federally regulated) drinking water systems.

Safe Water System – Water quality intervention using technologies appropriate for the developing world to make water and water storage safe.

South Bass Island Assessment [PDF - 1 MB] – Environmental health assessment in 2004 identified potential sources of water contamination on Lake Erie's South Bass Island.

Water Security – Provides information on the protection of water supplies as well as on responding to contamination threats and incidents. This section from Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners provides specific information for environmental health practitioners.

MMWR - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

Announcement: Ground Water Awareness Week — March 8–14, 2015

Announcement: Drinking Water Week — May 4–10, 2014

Community Health Impact of Extended Loss of Water Service --- Alabama, January 2010

Lead in Drinking Water and Human Blood Lead Levels in the United States

Outbreaks Associated With Environmental and Undetermined Water Exposures — United States, 2011–2012

Surveillance for Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Associated with Drinking Water — United States, 2011–2012

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Reports by Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI) Graduates

We have many drinking water reports that were prepared by graduates of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For these reports and others search the EPHLI fellow projects page.

Links to information from outside CDC

Best Practice: Well Water Regulations for the County of Bucks, PA [PDF - 182 KB] (Bucks County Department of Health) – Regulations developed to establish minimum standards for location, construction, modification and abandonment of individual residential drinking water supply wells and system installation for the protection of the health and welfare of the public [developed with funding from the EHS capacity-building program].

Center for Watershed Protection – Nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that provides technical tools for protecting some of the nation’s most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes, and rivers.

Copper in Drinking Water (National Academy of Sciences Commission on Life Sciences) – Document about copper in drinking water.

Guidelines and Requirements for Safe Handling of Drinking Water, Ice, and Dispensers [PDF - 22 KB] (Maricopa County, Arizona) – Safe handling of drinking water, ice, and dispensers.

Safe Drinking Water Is Essential (National Academy of Sciences' Koshland Science Museum) – Examines the state of the world's water supply (sources, treatment, and distribution of drinking water) and what can be done to improve it.

Safer Water (Rollins School of Public Health) – Article describes efforts to bring safe water to the developing world.

The Stormwater Manager’s Resource Center (SMRC) – Technical assistance on stormwater management issues.

Toxic Substances Hydrology Program (U.S. Geological Survey) – Provides information on environmental contamination and management of contaminated sites, to protect human and environmental health, and to reduce potential future contamination problems.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Water Knowledge (American Water Works Association) – Resource community site linking to educational materials, news AWWA publications, and more.

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