Water Safety is a critical environmental health issue, necessary to ensure the safety of individuals, families, and communities, eliminate health disparities, and change public health practice.
Two out of every five Americans rate their quality of water as poor. A government report shows that within the next 10 years, at least 36 states will face water shortages. Contaminated water kills three million people annually, making it the single leading cause of death.
In the Spotlight
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided various resources to encourage and support nationwide Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week efforts. This year's RWII prevention week is from May 20-26. Resources include a health promotion toolkit, web-based resource list, and a sample press release, op-ed piece, and proclamation.
NACCHO partnered with George Washington University and the Association of Occupational and Environmental Health Clinics to provide a framework for partnerships among water utilities, local health departments (LHDs), and medical communities. This two-year effort was designed to increase knowledge of the key elements for successful communication collaborations.
Water utilities, LHDs, and the medical community learned to pool their resources to address emergent threats to drinking water supplies. Funded by a grant from the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, the program outlined the components of an effective communication strategy. More »
The EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management funded outreach efforts by NACCHO and the National Association of Counties (NACo) to increase county officials’ knowledge of on-site decentralized wastewater systems. The program assessed the need for cities and counties to reduce pollution from on-site decentralized wastewater systems and determined ways to increase their responsibilities in this area. More »
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WaterISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center) are pleased to announce a free one year subscription to WaterISAC's Proservice. WaterISAC subscriptions are now available for local or tribal public health officials working on emergency response efforts. More »