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
Department of Health and Human Services Announce Final Recommendation for Community Water Fluoridation
The Department of Health and Human Services announced the final recommendation for community water fluoridation. The recommendation is as follows:
For community water systems that add fluoride to their water, PHS recommends a fluoride concentration of 0.7 mg/L (milligrams/Liter) to maintain caries prevention benefits and reduce the risk of dental fluorosis.
Read more about the recommendation in the following resources:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced a new funding opportunity, "Environmental Health Services Support for Public Drinking Water Programs to Reduce Drinking Water Exposures." The funding opportunity seeks applications from state and local health departments and U.S. territories and Native American tribal public health agencies. Funding these initiatives will improve recipients' ability to identify and address drinking water program performance gaps, improve efficiency and effectiveness of drinking water programs, and to identify and reduce exposures leading to contamination of drinking water. The intended audiences of this funding opportunity are communities and populations using small drinking water systems that are not covered under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. More »
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the nation’s first voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices for improving health and safety at swimming pools and other aquatic venues: The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 1st Edition. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries.
The MAHC 1st Edition is a product of seven years of work, involving a steering committee, 12 technical committees, 140 people, and input and consensus from public health, aquatics, and academia. Click on more for additional information. More »
Looking for trouble—Seeing Eye to Eye with Health Inspectors: A Report in U.S. Aquatic Venue Inspections, Findings, and Recommendations
Looking for trouble—Seeing Eye to Eye with Health Inspectors: A Report in U.S. Aquatic Venue Inspections, Findings, and Recommendations, a report produced in partnership with Axial Corporation’s Water Treatment Products Group, details the comprehensive survey NACCHO recently conducted of aquatic health officials across the United States. The survey explored officials’ protocols and experiences in inspecting recreational water facilities. Three hundred LHDs participated in the survey, and notable results identify the types of aquatic venues with the highest turnover rates and the highest number of violations. More »
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 »