Water Quality

A Rise in Chlorides: A Case For Reducing Road Salt Application

Increasing road salt application has followed a trend of increasing chloride levels in shallow wells and a rise in chloride in the Illinois River in Peoria, IL. Much of the recharge area for the regions aquifer is located near major highways, intersections, and rural routes. During this session, we will identify the environmental health risks from increased chlorides, learn of recent developments from the snow and ice removal industry on reducing chloride contamination, and compare results of salt application from un-calibrated salt trucks with calibrated salt trucks.

An Online Class for Private Well Owners to Protect Public Health

The Private Well Class is designed to provide homeowners an understanding of the basic science of water wells, well maintenance and groundwater protection. The innovative, ten-lesson class is delivered by email, supplemented by webinars, and is self-directed. This session will cover the success of this program, which has had over 2,700 participants in the first year. Hear how sanitarians are using this class in their work with well owners and how you could utilize this free resource!

World Aquatic Health Conference

The world needs more people living healthier lives using pools, hot tubs, and aquatic venues. The annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC) spotlights issues and solutions to help this field gain in relevance. Conference sessions focus on a spectrum of drowning, illness, injury and liability prevention topics and aquatic health benefits. 

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Program

NEHA is committed to providing education, resources, and support to onsite wastewater professionals around the country.

NEHA is part of a select group of national organizations that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with USEPA to improve the quality and quantity of resources and education available to professionals in the onsite wastewater field, state and local regulatory agencies and those whose work involves building on or buying/selling land with dwellings that will use an onsite system.  

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Private Drinking Water - Glass of Water with ice Water Quality

Water is essential for life to exist. Making sure that water is safe to drink, use for cooking, and swim in requires attention and resources. In the United States, the Safe Drinking Water Act helps ensure that when citizens turn on a public tap, out comes clean and safe water. This access is supported by a complex infrastructure that needs constant monitoring and upkeep. In addition, there are more than 40 million Americans reliant on private water sources that are not supported by this complex infrastructure or held to federal standards. These systems have unique concerns that must be addressed to ensure they too provide safe drinking water to those dependent on them.

Environmental health professionals are trained to identify issues that impact water systems.  As local experts, environmental health professionals can ensure that each community’s local situation is resilient to natural hazards and climate change and that water sources are continually evaluated and maintained to meet all federal, state and local standards.

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Environmental Health Saves Lives, Saves Money, and Protects Our Future

Environmental Health professionals ensure our water is safe by testing and treating drinking water and inspecting septic systems.

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NEHA Water Quality Resources

CMAHC Voting Guide -  NEHA has created a voting guide for the upcoming Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code revision process.

E-learning Opportunities – NEHA has select water quality educational opportunities available online. These sessions also provide continuing education credit for NEHA members.

Journal of Environmental Health - The Journal of Environmental Health is published 10 times per year by the National Environmental Health Association and keeps readers up-to-date on current issues, new research, useful products and services, and employment opportunities. We frequently cover issues of importance to water quality professionals, and reprints are available through Content Editor.

NEHA's Bookstore - Provides environmental health professionals with the latest in relevant educational material. In our Water Quality section, we feature a number of resources for those in the healthy swimming and recreational waters field.

Community Calendar - Many NEHA affiliate conferences and other conferences have sessions related to water quality. Check our calendar periodically to find events of interest. 


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