Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Preparedness Resource Library

Anticipating, preventing, and responding to WASH emergencies are critical functions carried out by local health departments. This toolkit contains background information on common drinking water contaminants, templates and examples for public notification, educational materials, and more!

Suggestions for additional resources, as well as feedback on this resource library can be sent to [email protected]!

Page last updated on July 7, 2021.

Biological contaminants are organisms in water. They are also referred to as microbes or microbiological contaminants. Examples include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and parasites. Biological contaminants featured here include:

  • Cryptosporidium ("Crypto")
  • Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) / Cyanobacteria
  • Legionella
  • E. Coli / Coliform Bacteria
Contaminant Title Description Resource Type Source
Crypto Cryptosporidiosis Fact Sheet Overview of crypto, symptoms of illness, and preventing exposure Background Information Minnesota Department of Health
Crypto Detailed Cryptosporidium Fact sheet outlining the parasite's life cycle, disease outbreaks, symptoms, diagnosis, risk of disease, how it spreads, how to prevent spreading, the prevalence of crypto and how to tell if a water source is safe Background Information Safe Drinking Water Foundation
Crypto Parasites - Cryptosporidium (also known as "Crypto") Webpage containing general information on crypto, diagnosis and detection, sources of infection, risk factors, prevention and control, illness symptoms, and treatment Background Information CDC
Crypto Cryptosporidium (Crypto) and Drinking Water from Private Wells Information on crypto and drinking water from private wells. Details how people can find out if they have crypto in their drinking water and how to remove it Planning & Response CDC
Crypto Prevention & Control - General Public Recommendations for members of the general public on how to prevent and control crypto Planning & Response CDC
Crypto Cryptosporidiosis: Disease Plan Utah public health disease investigation plan for crypto Planning & Response Utah Department of Health
Crypto Cryptosporidium: Drinking Water Health Advisory Information on the EPA’s drinking water health advisory regarding crypto. It includes general information on the organism, life cycle, environmental fate, transmission between human and transmission from animals to humans. Advises on water sources it is found in, environmental factors affecting survival, disease outbreaks, health effects, a risk assessment, dose-response studies Planning & Response EPA
Crypto Information for Public Health & Medical Professionals Information on surveillance and outbreak response. Includes response and evaluation guidelines, a public health handbook, advisory information and more Planning & Response CDC
Crypto WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality: Cryptosporidium Guidance document on crypto in drinking water Planning & Response WHO
E. Coli / Coliform Bacteria Coliform Bacteria General description about coliform bacteria, how to detect them, sources, response, exceptions, and health effects Background Information Minnesota Department of Health
HABs/Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms and Drinking Water Fact sheet providing a summary of the growing concern for algal blooms in the U.S. and helps the reader understand how to manage health risks Background Information EPA
HABs/Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Outbreaks and Drinking Water Explains what harmful algal outbreaks are and their causes. Includes health impacts on humans and drinking water systems Background Information Clean Water Action
HABs/Cyanobacteria The Effects of Algae in Drinking Water Background on different types of algae and their impacts on drinking water Background Information Sciencing
HABs/Cyanobacteria Toxic Algal Blooms in Drinking Water Reservoirs Article reviewing available information on the subject of toxic algal blooms and summarizes the implications for water supplies Background Information Foundation for Water Research
HABs/Cyanobacteria Blue Green Algal Blooms: A Preventable Emergency? Prevention and preparedness of blue green algal blooms Planning & Response Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology
HABs/Cyanobacteria Cyanotoxin Management Plan Template and Example Plans Cyanotoxin management plan template and example plans Planning & Response EPA
HABs/Cyanobacteria Freshwater Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Interactive story map that goes over harmful algal blooms in California, as well as how agencies are working together to address HABs Planning & Response California State Water Resources Control Board
HABs/Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Bloom Control Methods Document overviewing current best practices for HAB treatment, targeted for lake communities, drinking water suppliers, and lake managers Planning & Response New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
HABs/Cyanobacteria Algal Blooms Webpage containing information on HABs, health effects, methods of developing better detection and improving prediction of algal blooms. Planning & Response National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
HABs/Cyanobacteria Managing Cyanotoxins in Public Drinking Water Systems Webpage containing information on public water systems to assist in managing cyanotoxin risks in drinking water Planning & Response EPA
HABs/Cyanobacteria Region 8 DW Harmful Algal Bloom Response Actions 2016 A detailed plan of action guide for community stakeholders Planning & Response EPA
HABs/Cyanobacteria Water Treatment Optimization for Cyanotoxins Treatment considerations for harmful algal blooms in source waters Planning & Response EPA
HABs/Cyanobacteria A Water Utility Manager's Guide to Cyanotoxins A water utility manager’s guide to cyanotoxins Planning & Response American Water Works Association
Legionella Fact Sheet on Legionella and Legionella Pneumonia FAQs regarding Legionella and Legionella pneumonia Background Information U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Legionella Legionella Overview on the bacteria and its environmental health significance. Background Information NEHA
Legionella Legionella Fact Sheet Fact sheet advising what Legionella is, Legionnaires' disease symptoms, incubation periods, risks for the disease and how to tell if a water source is safe Background Information Safe Drinking Water Foundation
Legionella Legionella Fact Sheet General information, health effects in humans and animals, environmental profile, occurrence, risk factors, transmission to humans, outbreaks, water treatment and regulations Background Information EPA
Legionella Just the Facts: Legionella and Water Supply Systems Information on Legionella and water supply systems. Details how water supply systems can become contaminated and how to prevent contamination Planning & Response Plumbing Manufacturers International
Legionella Legionella Facts on reducing exposure to Legionella along with control and regulation Planning & Response Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
Legionella Legionella (Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever): For Health Departments Resources to assist state and local health department personnel investigating individual cases and outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease Planning & Response CDC
Legionella Legionella (Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever): Prevention with Water Management Programs Webpage with information for routine maintenance of building and recreational water systems Planning & Response CDC
Legionella Legionella (Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever): What Owners and Managers of Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Need to Know about Legionella Water Management Programs Information for building owners and managers on how to develop a Legionella water management plan as well as environmental monitoring and program validation monitoring Planning & Response CDC
Legionella Legionella (Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever): Things to Consider - Outbreak Investigations General and special considerations for Legionnaires' disease outbreak investigations Planning & Response CDC
Legionella Legionella: Drinking Water Health Advisory Detailed Legionella drinking water health advisory guide Planning & Response EPA
Legionella Legionnaires Disease in Hospitality Information about Legionnaires' Disease in hospitality. Includes risk management plans, disease tracking, Legionella sources and growth, operating and maintaining water systems Planning & Response AIG Hospitality and Leisure Industry Practice Group
Legionella Managing Legionella Bacteria in Building Water Systems: Q&A with Dr. Joe Cotruvo Q & A regarding managing Legionella bacteria in building water systems Planning & Response Water Quality & Health Council
Legionella OSHA Technical Manual (OTM): LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE Provides information on investigation protocol, ongoing outbreaks, controls, maintenance and touches on domestic cold-water systems and HVAC systems Planning & Response OSHA
Legionella Toolkit for Controlling Legionella in Common Sources of Exposure This toolkit provides public health and building owners/operators with actionable information to control Legionella. Planning & Response CDC
Legionella Legionella Environmental Assessment Form Usable form for public health devices, and to develop a Legionella sampling plan. Planning & Response CDC

Chemicals contaminants are elements or compounds, either natural or human-made. Examples include metals, toxins produced by bacteria, drugs, and pesticides. Chemical contaminants featured here include:

  • Lead
  • Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • Nitrates / Nitrites
Contaminant Title Description Resource Type Source
PFAS What We Know: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) This comprehensive factsheet on PFAS describes sources of PFAS, environmental fate and transport, and steps to combat PFAS contamination Background Information American Association for the Advancement of Science
PFAS Addressing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water: Guides for Local and State Leaders These resources provides guides to help local and state leaders understand the current scientific evidence as they evaluate the risk of PFAS in drinking water Planning & Response American Association for the Advancement of Science
Lead Basic Information About Lead and Drinking Water Information about lead in drinking water and what can be done to reduce exposures and test for lead Background Information EPA
Lead Lead in Drinking Water Guide to lead in tap water for the public, including advice for reducing exposures in the home Background Information CDC
Lead Lead In Drinking Water - Is There Lead In My City Drinking Water? Information on lead testing, an action plan if lead is suspected in a drinking water source, and treatments for lead prevention and contamination Background Information Water Research Center
Lead Lead in Drinking Water Facts about lead in drinking water and answers questions about harms to health, testing, and treatment Planning & Response Vermont Department of Health
Lead Mitigation Strategies for Lead Found in School Drinking Water Steps to develop a water quality management plan for schools to mitigate concerns of lead in drinking water Planning & Response Illinois Department of Health
Lead EPA Lead and Copper Rule State Response Documents Response letters from state governments on how they will enhance oversight of the Lead and Copper Rule Planning & Response EPA
PFAS PFAS Factsheet This factsheet provides an overview of PFAS, the issue of PFAS in drinking water, and how local health departments are responding to this issue. Background Information NACCHO
PFAS Basic Information on PFAS Information on PFAS, its importance, how PFAS impacts health, and how people are exposed Background Information EPA
PFAS Fast Facts: What is PFAS? Fact sheet that touches on the family of chemicals, the previous applications of PFAS, the lifetime health advisory guideline for drinking water exposure as well as state regulatory approaches Background Information Barnes & Thornburg LLP
PFAS Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Your Health Iinformation on PFAS and their health effects, information for health professionals, a CDC/ATSDR PFAS related activity map as well as PFAS Exposure Assessments Background Information ATSDR
PFAS PFAS Contamination of Water How children get exposed to PFAS, exposure limits on PFAS in drinking water and steps for consumers to take if concerning levels of PFAS have been detected in drinking water. Answers to concerns about exposure through various activities Background Information State of Rhode Island: Department of Health
PFAS Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Factsheet for communities affected by PFAS-contaminated water describing the man-made toxic chemicals and routes of exposure. It also touches on government regulations of PFAS and potential dangers associated with this substance Background Information Boston University
PFAS Understanding PFAS: From Science to Practice Article explaining the growing concern around PFAS and work to further the scientific understanding Background Information ABT Associates
PFAS 2019 Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Second National Conference Conference videos and presentations from representatives of public health agencies, academic institutions, etc. Planning & Response Northeastern University
PFAS EPA Actions to Address PFAS Information on the EPA's actions to address PFAS. Iincludes details on the National Leadership Summit and PFAS Management Plan, PFAS exposure and occurrence, human health impacts, reducing exposures and stakeholder support. Planning & Response EPA
PFAS EPA's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan Guide that provides information on PFAS identification and actions previously taken by the EPA, reducing exposures, understanding PFAS toxicity to develop recommendations and standards, addressing exposures in affected communities, research, development, and risk communication and engagement. Planning & Response EPA
PFAS PFAS Contamination in the U.S. Interactive Map of PFAS Contaminated Communities in the U.S. Planning & Response Environmental Working Group
Nitrates Nitrates in Drinking Water Brief description of nitrates/diet, nitrates in drinking water, sources of high nitrates, health problems, testing for nitrate Background Information Illinois Department of Public Health

Effective information sharing with members of the public as well as the media is critical before, during, and after a water emergency. These resources can help increase public awareness and preparedness.

  • Press Release Examples
  • Websites
  • FAQ
  • Fact Sheet
Resource Type Title Category Description Source
Survey Example of a questionnaire following an emergency Other This survey was developed following a flooding event to determine how the county could best allocate resources before, during, and after extreme weather events. Macomb County Health Department
FAQ Giardia: Drinking Water Fact Sheet Contaminants FAQs about Giardia EPA
Press Release Example Do Not Drink: Blue-green Algae Toxin Detected Drinking Water Advisory Example of a NY State "Do not drink" advisory due to blue-green algae detected above health advisory level New York State Department of Health
FAQ Community Drinking Water Advisory Guidance Drinking Water Advisory Answers to common questions during drinking water advisories for use by the general public, businesses, institutions Minnesota Department of Health
Press Release Example DEC FINDS ELEVATED BACTERIA LEVELS AT SIX COASTAL AREAS IN KETCHIKAN Contaminants Example of an LHD issuing a warning for elevated bacteria coastal areas Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
FAQ Questions and Answers About E. coli and Fecal Coliform in the Water Supply and Boil Water Advisories Contaminants FAQ to inform public about when E.coli or fecal coliform enters the water supply Rhode Island Department of Health
Webpage Coliform Bacteria in Drinking Water Contaminants Includes important information & numerous resources including health concerns, source, testing, treatment options, financial assistance, additional resources Vermont Department of Health
Webpage Coliform Bacteria in Drinking Water Contaminants Webpage containing information on coliform bacteria, what to do when there's coliform, and information for water systems Washington State Department of Health
FAQ Questions and answers: public health advisory, E. coli(English) / (Spanish) Contaminants FAQ to inform public about when E.coli enters the water supply Washington State Department of Health
FAQ Boil Water Notice and FAQs General Boil Water Advisory FAQ document for describing boil water notices to protect customers from drinking water that may have been contaminated Austin Water
Press Release Example Mandatory Boil Water Notice Issued General Boil Water Advisory Mandatory boil water notice Austin Water
Fact Sheet Quick Reference Facts General Boil Water Advisory Easy-to-use, quick reference tool that can be shared with customers during a water advisory CDC
Fact Sheet Boil Water Advisory Recommendations General Boil Water Advisory Guide to best practices during a boil water advisory (how to's & important info) CDC
Fact Sheet What to do during a boil water advisory General Boil Water Advisory List of items for consumers to complete during a boil water advisory CDC
FAQ Comprehensive List of Q&As for Boil Water Advisories General Boil Water Advisory Questions most often asked during boil water advisories Tier 1 Public violations CDC
Press Release Example Boil Water Advisory Issued for Portion of Dubuque General Boil Water Advisory Boil water advisory news release City of Dubuque Water Department
Fact Sheet TRANSLATED: How do I boil my water? General Boil Water Advisory Instructions on how to boil water in seven languages Connecticut Department of Public Health
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions About Boil Water Notices General Boil Water Advisory Answers to common questions the general public may have about boil water advisories and the safety of their drinking water Florida Health
Website Example Greater Cincinnati Water Works - Boil Water Advisories General Boil Water Advisory Webpage about boil water advisories - twitter linked. Greater Cincinnati Water Works
Website Example Drinking Water Boil Orders and Public Health Orders General Boil Water Advisory Example of how a state will release and organize water boil orders/public health orders to the general public via a website Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Webpage Boil Water Notices: Precautions to Take General Boil Water Advisory Example of a website to inform the public about boil water notices FAQs Mississippi State Department of Health
FAQ Boil Water Notices – Frequently Asked Questions for Residents and Homeowners General Boil Water Advisory Description of boil water notices and why they are issued; important questions answered New York State Department of Health
Website Example What is a boil water advisory? General Boil Water Advisory Website informing the public about boil water notices Pennsylvania American Water
Press Release Example Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Four of Five Water Systems Ending an Advisory Example of a boil water advisory press release from a LHD Rhode Island Department of Health
Press Release Example Drinking Water Advisory General Boil Water Advisory Example of a boil water advisory news release issued by Sioux City, IA Sioux City Public Water Supply Company
Press Release Example Boil Water Advisory Issued After Water Main Break in Kalamazoo Loss of Pressure/Main Break Press release from health officials and water resources about a boil water advisory City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
Webpage Nitrate and Drinking Water from Private Wells Contaminants Online drinking water resource that describes contaminants that could be present in private wells CDC
Webpage Nitrates in Drinking Water Contaminants Webpage describing health effects of nitrates, how to protect yourself and your family, background information Minnesota Department of Health
Toolbox Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox Other Provides information for water utilities on how to plan for, develop, implement, and evaluate communication activities with the public and stakeholders during drinking water notifications and advisories CDC
Website Example Website Example Other Creating a website that provides details about the incident and advisory situation, relevant contact information, and regular updates can be an effective way to communicate with a variety of audiences.Use this website example to assist in the development of your advisory website. Adapt it as needed to suit your situation, keeping in mind the importance of making the site as easy to read and navigate as possible. CDC
Website Example Atlanta Watershed Twitter Other Atlanta Watershed's Twitter - provides drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services to more than one million people over a 650 square mile area. City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Ending an Advisory Answers to common questions public may raise following a drinking water advisory CDC
Press Release Example Example of ending a water advisory: Akron, Ohio Ending an Advisory Example of a water advisory end press release via an LHD City of Akron
Press Release Example Example of ending a water advisory: Kalamazoo, Michigan Ending an Advisory Example of a water advisory end press release via an LHD City of Kalamazoo Department of Public Services
Press Release Example Example of ending a water advisory: Prince George's County, Maryland Ending an Advisory Example of a water advisory end press release via an LHD Prince George's County, MD
Fact Sheet Boil Water Fact sheets for Food Establishments in Multiple Languages General Boil Water Advisory Boil water Fact Sheets for Food Establishments in Multiple Languages Public Health - Seattle & King County

WASH situations requiring public notification fall into three categories: tier 1, 2, and 3. The EPA sets requirements on the form, manner, content, and frequency of public notices. Here are brief descriptions of each public notification tier:

  • Tier 1 (immediate notice): Any time a situation occurs where there is the potential for human health to be immediately impacted, water suppliers have 24 hours to notify people who may drink the water about the situation.
  • Tier 2 (notice as soon as possible): Any time a water system provides water with levels of a contaminant that exceed EPA or state standards or that hasn't been treated properly, but that doesn't pose an immediate risk to human health, the water system must notify its customers as soon as possible, but within 30 days of the violation.
  • Tier 3 (annual notice): When water systems violate a drinking water standard that does not have a direct impact on human health (for example, failing to take a required sample on time) the water supplier has up to a year to provide a notice of this situation to its customers.
Title Description Source
Templates for Public Notification The following templates are available on this webpage in English and Spanish: boil water notice, do not drink/use notices, specific tier 1, 2, 3 notices, and problem corrected notice California State Water Resources Control Board
Public Notice Instructions and Templtes The following templates are available on this webpage: community and non-community public notice instructions, Cylindrospermopsin and microcystin public notice, required public notice language, main break and depressurization guidance Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Tier 1 Public Notification Templates / Tier 2 Public Notification Templates / Tier 3 Public Notification Templates The following links provide templates for tier 1, 2, and 3-specific situations Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Public Notification The following templates are available in PDF and Word format on this webpage: MCL violations, monitoring violations, drinking water warnings Washington State Department of Health
Public Notice Resources and Templates The following templates are available on this webpage: notices for microbiological contaminants, notices for chemical contaminants, notices for operations problems, notices for cyanotoxins, problem corrected notice (following tier 1, 2, or 3 situations) Oregon Health Authority
Boil Water Notices Boil water notice templates are available for the following causes: Coliform exceedance and elevated coliform, E. Coli bacteria, elevated levels of Giardia or Cryptosporidium, high turbidity levels, inadequate disinfection, loss of pressure, problem present in public water system New York State Department of Health
Individual Tools and Templates Tools and templates are available on this webpage for the following scenarios: before an incident – preparing for an advisory, during an incident – issuing an advisory, after an incident – evaluating an advisory CDC
Public Notification - Drinking Water System Pressure Loss Boil Advisory Template Template for Public Water System (PWS) to prepare a boil water advisory for loss of pressure in the distribution system EPA
Translations for Public Notification This page assists purveyors in communicating important water system information to non-English speaking populations. It consists of four basic drinking water messages, which have been translated into twenty-seven different languages Washington State Department of Health

Health departments must be able to respond quickly and competently when a WASH emergency arises. Training, exercises, and learning materials can help health departments to become water-ready.

Title Description Resource Type Source
Measles and PFAS/GenX Tabletop Exercise This exercise simulates a measles outbreak, as well as an environmental emergency to increase preparedness for response to public health emergencies. Training Plan AppHealthCare
Drinking Water Advisory Tabletop Exercise This document provides an example of how a tabletop exercise was conducted with 72 representatives from local health departments, emergency management, water utility companies and community stakeholders to prepare for a community water advisory. Training Plan NACCHO, CDC, & the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)
Potable Water- EPHOC The Drinking Water Modules are intended to provide a broad introductory background on drinking water quality and regulatory issues to give a public health officer a good basic understanding of drinking water production, contaminant monitoring and distribution. Contact hours (6) Course CDC
Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI) SWPI walks through the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and provides examples of using them to identify and fill program gaps in prive drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. (2 hours) Course CDC
Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) EHTER helps environmental health professionals and other emergency response personnel address the environmental health impacts of emergencies and disasters. (8 hours) Course CDC
Water/Wastewater Utility All-Hazards Bootcamp Training This training course is designed for water and wastewater employees responsible for emergency response and recovery activities Course Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Water Treatment Solutions This course will discuss how to use and understand water testing results, idenitfy different filtration devices and treatments, and describe the importance of maintenance, understanding if watertreatment is needed, and equipment testing, performance, and certification Course The Private Well Class
Your Water Well System To understand common problems and maintenance practices related to wells and water systems, this course will cover the different types of well pumps, pitless adapters and other parts of a private well systems, and different types of pressure tanks Course The Private Well Class; Sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Groundwater Quality & Source Water Protection Overview of how wells and groundwater can be influenced by surface infiltration, naturally occurring contaminants, and even water availability. Some of these problems include drinking water quality and having enough water for supply. This course will also provide a better understanding of the risks for wells in more vulnerable situations Course The Private Well Class; Sponsored by NEHA
Tabletop Exercise Tool for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities The Tabletop Exercise Tool for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities provides users with the resources to plan, conduct and evaluate tabletop exercises that focus on water Sector-related incidents and challenges. This 2018 version of the TTX Tool contains 12 all-hazards scenarios (e.g., natural disasters, man-made incidents) related to emergency preparedness and response. Each scenario has: • Fully-customizable situation manuals and after action reports• Discussion questions • PowerPoint presentations. All of these tabletop exercise materials can be modified to meet your specific needs. Training Plan EPA
Water Quality Surveillance and Response System Exercise Development Toolbox The Surveillance and Response System (SRS) Exercise Development Toolbox helps utilities and response partners design, develop, conduct, and evaluate SRS-related discussions and operations-based exercises. These exercises help to develop, teach, refine, and improve SRS procedures for water utilities Toolbox EPA
Community-Based Water Resiliency Training Conduct a CBWR Workshop Training session in your community to demonstrate the importance of integrating drinking and wastewater utilities into community emergency preparedness efforts, and to learn how to use the CBWR Tool to assess community-wide water preparedness and foster community resiliency Training Plan EPA
Develop a Water Utility Training & Exercise Plan Guide to develop a multi-year water utility training and exercise plan to increase emergency preparedness Training Plan EPA
Emergency Management Training for Water and Wastewater Utilities Series of training webinars and training materials for water and wasterwater utilities on the Incident Command System (ICS), the national standard for managing emergencies Training Plan EPA
Learn from State Water Emergency Response Exercises The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with several state drinking water and wastewater programs, conducts water sector-focused emergency response tabletop exercises (TTXs). The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of water and wastewater services and the need for coordinated planning within a state. This fact sheet highlights lessons learned from exercises held in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Training Plan EPA
Understanding Chemical and Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water: Raw, Treated, and Tap Water Webinar This webinar covers the spectrum of chemical and microbial contaminants in raw (source) water, to treated water, to water at the tap. Webinar Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA)
CT Healthy Homes: Connecticut’s Approach to Public Drinking Water and Public Health Protection Webinar Learn about how EPA’s measures for drinking water quality are being used in CT to protect the public’s health. Join us as the DPH Chief of the Drinking Water Section explains the meaning behind the measures and relationship to CT’s State Health Improvement Plan. Webinar EPA
Public Health Response to Large Scale Water Contamination This webinar will discuss articles covering major water contamination incidents in the US, followed by a discussion of the results of the studies and implications for current clinical and public health practice Webinar Pediatric Environmental Health Security Units
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for Local Jurisdictions This webinar covers COVID-19 transmission through drinking water and wastewater, COVID-19 surveillance and sewage systems, reopening buildings and preventing Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic, and preparing for hurricane season. Webinar NACCHO & CDC
Preparedness Wizard (English) / (Spanish) This tool an interactive video presentation and workbook, including an interactive map to determine state-specific risks, links to the US Natural Hazards Index, a calculator for how much water must be stored based on the number of people in a household, and links to community volunteering resources.  Training Plan The National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Drinking Water Emergency: Public Health Table Top Exercise This table top exercise uses a major water main break of a city’s drinking water supply as the scenario to establish a learning environment for participants to exercise their emergency response plans, policies, and procedures for this scenario. Training Plan CDC
Preventing Legionnaires' Disease Training The training addresses the 7 steps of a Legionella water management program. These 7 steps, outlined in CDC’s Water Management Program toolkit, operationalize the ASHRAE 188 standard for minimizing the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. Course CDC
Safe Water Program Improvement Training Safe Water Program Improvement (SWPI) helps health department programs strengthen services to people who use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Course CDC

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