Water Quality

Small Systems Monthly Webinar Series

The montly webinar series is providing a forum for EPA to communicate directly with state personnel and other drinking water small systems professionals, which allows EPA to provide training and foster collaboration and dissemination of information.

This month: Decision Support Methodology for Small Systems to Evaluate and Select Treatment Technologies.

NYS CEHD Fall Meeting

The annual fall meeting of the NYS Conference of Environmental Health Directors is scheduled to be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Conference Center in Cazenovia, New York. The meeting format includes a full day technical session on current environmental health issues and regulatory updates, followed by a half day business meeting providing member committee reports.

Southern California Joint Technical Symposium

Less than 2 months remain until the 2017 Southern California Joint Technical Symposium on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at our New Location The Carson Center in Carson, California.

There is still time to take advantage of discounted early bird rates:

  • Attendee Registration (save $50) 
  • Exhibitor Registration (save $100) 
    • There are also Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Discounts are available for Groups of 3+ attendees, save $100, e-mail jts@caljts.com for more details.

Hurricane and Flooding Disasters

Flood Recovery

Resources to Protect and Restore Community Health

When flood waters recede, communities are often left with contaminated water supplies, nonfunctioning septic tanks, mold, increased vectors and pests,  spoiled food, and temporary shelters and housing.  Ensuring the proper information reaches community members and supports environmental health professionals  is essential in the efforts to restore communities and protect public health. The following resources provide best practices around flood recovery related to environmental health.

Floods and Public Health

CDC Water Sanitation & Hygiene for Flood Waters

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Vietnamese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Swahili

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Spanish

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Somali

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Serbo-Croatian

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Russian

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Nepali

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet French

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Chinese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Burmese

Vermont HD Before and After Flood: Flood Preparedness Factsheet Arabic

Hospital and Healthcare Facilities

AHRQ Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide (PDF)

Community Resources

CDC Flood Water Home Clean-up

Drinking Water

U.S. EPA Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

Private Wells

Minnesota Department of Health Well and Water System Disinfection for Private Drinking Water Wells

Septic Systems

U.S. EPA Septic Systems - What to Do After a Flood


U.S. EPA Mold Clean-up After Floods

Food Safety

FDA Food and Water Safety During Power Outages and Floods

Emergency Preparedness & Response Training 

CDC Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness level (online) and Operations level (in-person) training.

Flood Recovery Worker and Volunteer Safety

CDC Worker Safety After Floods

OSHA Natural Disaster Recovery

Vector Control

Pan-American Health Organization Vector Control in Disaster Situations

Infection Prevention

Infection Prevention and Control for Shelters During Disasters (PDF) by APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee

Rebuilding Homes

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home (PDF) by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

Storm Safety

https://www.ul.com/code-authorities/buildingsafetyprograms/storm-safety/  This site provides storm preparedness, safety after the storm, and rebuilding safely after a storm information. This is provided courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)


Assessing Recreational Water Health

Assessing Recreational Water Health

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Making Waves in Aquatic Health

Waterslides, pools, and diving boards are fun, but they can also be dangerous. Advanced aquatic inspection techniques and data analysis, however, can help ensure that water play remains fun for all. NEHA is exploring the current aquatic inspection landscape and investigating what barriers exist to technology use, data analysis, and inter-jurisdictional sharing of inspection data. Your participation in this assessment is an essential and appreciated part of our inquiry.

Assessment Goals

What do we hope to accomplish with this assessment? Here are some questions we want to answer:

  • How frequently are aquatic facilities inspected in different regions?
  • What digital or analog methods are used to collect inspection data?
  • How is inspection data stored, analyzed, shared, and accessed by the public?
  • What are the primary data concerns of aquatic health inspectors?
  • How do aquatic and food inspection and data use procedures differ?

Our goal is to improve the healthfulness of recreational waters through enhanced data management. Given this, a deeper understanding of how to optimize inspection and data use protocols is required for health improvements. Such an understanding will be the outcome of this assessment.


The Issue

We all like to live, work, and play in healthy environments. As the fourth most popular recreational activity in the United States, swimming is integral to how we play, and, with annual industry revenue over $20 billion, it is also foundational to how many of us work. There are more than 300 million visits to public or semi-public swimming pools in the United States each year, with most visits centered on fun or exercise. Unfortunately, the clear, inviting waters of pools are not always as innocent as they seem. Drownings, waterborne illness, chemical injury, and related outcomes are often associated with pool and spa environments. Frequent inspections of aquatic facilities are conducted to help reduce these outcomes.

The integration of advancing data gathering, storage, and analysis technologies into inspection procedures is vital to ensuring water recreation remains fun and healthy. Yet diverse obstacles impede technology utilization and data sharing efforts to improve public health. Many jurisdictions still use pen and paper methods in aquatic facility monitoring and do not publish or share inspection data. This limits the ability of consumers to make informed choices about what aquatic facilities to visit based on past health records. It also prevents aggregate analyses of aquatic health trends across broad geographic regions and circumvents the development of improved best practices for recreational water health.

Improved aquatic inspection data collection and management techniques could yield numerous benefits. Not only could they inform better inspection protocols which directly improve facility healthfulness, but they could also expedite facility design innovations, enhance data standardization, and heighten public data access. Additionally, an emphasis on improving data quality could enhance the accountability of aquatic facility managers, ensuring the wellbeing of patrons and adherence to health best practices. When inspections are aided by advanced data gathering techniques and aggregate data analysis to inform health decisions, they prove an increasingly powerful tool to ensure the livelihoods of swimmers.

Seeing that little knowledge currently exists on how data from aquatic health inspections is collected, stored, analyzed, and circulated among diverse jurisdictions, this assessment seeks to fill an informational void. Among other outcomes, the results of this assessment will help streamline current inspection data management protocols and clarify best practices for the development of data analysis/storage efforts where none currently exist.

The recreational water industry is rapidly growing and vital to physical activity initiatives throughout the country. It is our hope that this assessment draws these tides of industry growth toward a foundationally healthful standard of prosperity.

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