Water Security

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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 – 1994 survey to assess the presence of bacteria and chemicals in states severely affected by flooding in 1993

CDC Natural Disasters and Severe Weather – 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 Healthcare 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

Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas – guidance on how to assess the public health risks for using outdoor areas after a flood event

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

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene-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

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

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)external icon

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

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

World Health Organization (WHO)external icon

Page last reviewed: December 5, 2012