About the Safe Water Program
CDC’s Safe Water program provides the following services to public health departments, particularly environmental health programs:
- Offering free, evidence-based guidance, tools, and training.
- Providing technical assistance to help programs address unique challenges in their jurisdictions.
- Building environmental health capacity to address water hazards using data-driven, evidence-based approaches.
Environmental health programs work to provide safe water in their communities by
- Addressing problems with private drinking water systems such as wells.
- Identifying hazards through permitting and inspecting drinking water and wastewater systems, public swimming pools, waterparks, and other venues.
- Responding to and preventing outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.
- Filling crucial functions during emergencies such as testing water supplies and assessing shelters and other facilities.