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Drinking Water

Drinking Water

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>>

Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants

The Water Security Division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a comprehensive guidance document for sampling procedures to support analytical approaches to detect and identify potential contaminants. A supplemental document, Response Protocol Toolbox: Planning for and Responding to Water Contamination Threats and Incidents, shares sampling procedures in response to an event of a contaminated incident. More »

USGS Findings on Drinking Water

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), specifically the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program, released findings on drinking water at nine community water systems. This six year study (2002–2008) characterized the quality of selected rivers and aquifers used as a source of supply to community water systems. In collaboration with federal, state, and local organizations, the USGS monitored over 260 commonly used chemicals, pesticides, solvents, personal care and domestic-use products, disinfection by-products, and manufacturing additives. More »