Private Water Network
Private Water Network
The National Environmental Health Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Private Water Network (PWN). The Private Water Network (PWN) is a virtual community of practice for those individuals working to protect the public’s health from contaminants in private drinking water sources. Prior to the launch of the PWN, there was no one-stop-shop resource for peer-learning and information exchange for professionals that serve communities with private drinking water systems. Through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), the PWN was established to fill that void.
The mission of the Private Water Network is to build a sustainable community for those working to support private water programs; to connect with their peers, to share experiences, insights, and resources, and to gain access to timely and relevant guidance for existing and emerging issues; and to build capacity to do the work more effectively and efficiently in order to protect the public’s health from contaminants in private water sources.
PWN Virtual Platform
The PWN is a virtual community of practice with opportunities to interact face-to-face at the NEHA Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition. Membership to PWN offers access to the virtual community platform that provides flexible communication options and easy-to-use knowledge management tools that facilitate collaboration and professional development. Features of the virtual community include a discussion forum, resources library, event calendar, member directory, and community-wide search option. Members of the Network can engage on the virtual platform by uploading or downloading relevant materials, engaging in discussions, connecting with peers, and promoting relevant events. Membership to PWN also offers access to exclusive webinars and newsletters on private water issues.
How to join PWN? If you are interested in joining the PWN, you can sign up at www.PrivateWaterNetwork.org. NEHA membership is not required to be a member of the Network; however, you will need to create a MyNEHA account if you do not have one. Over the next year, NEHA will work towards maintaining sustainable network growth and increased member engagement for PWN. NEHA hopes to expand the PWN membership to include a member from every state and territory within the nation. If you work with private drinking water systems, NEHA encourages you to join the PWN today! For any questions or concerns about PWN membership or participation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEHA is looking to get more members from the following agencies/organizations – 1) state, tribal, local, and territorial governmental public health agencies; 2) other state agency departments (environmental health, wells, permitting, natural resources, agriculture, health, ecology, land, water conservation, transportation, geology, building codes, permits, flood plains, emergency management, etc.); 3) federal agencies such as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Geological Survey (USGS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Army Corps of Engineers); 4) national organizations such as the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Water Quality Association (WQA), National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF), National Groundwater Association (NGWA), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), etc.; 5) certified laboratories; and 6) academic/extension partners. The membership to PWN is free.
Events and Updates
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Private Water Network (PWN). Through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NEHA, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), the PWN was launched last year to build a sustainable community for public health workers and safety professionals working to support private water programs. In the spirit of celebration, the Network is hosting a series of events and updates starting December 14 through 17 that will highlight opportunities and challenges associated with private drinking water sources.
PWN Twitter Chat: December 14 at 2 - 3 pm ET - Public and environmental health professionals, as well as safety professionals, work closely with their communities to ensure the safety of the private drinking water resources. Let's take this opportunity to initiate a conversation on the challenges, opportunities, and priorities regarding private drinking water, how impaired private water quality impacts public health, and what we can do to respond to emerging and existing issues. Join us in leading this conversation on private water! #PWNChat #PWN_AYearSinceLaunch
- Private Water Network - A Year Since Launch Blogpost: This blog post will focus on the launch and initial expansion of the Private Water Network, and its partnerships, resources, and tools that have been and are being developed to integrate environmental public health. The post will also describe the impact of federal partnerships in public health community building, member, and stakeholder affiliations for the Network, and plans for further expansion. Stay tuned for the blog that will be posted on December 15!
PWN Water Treatment Webinar Series: Private Well Water Treatment for Arsenic: December 17 at 2 - 3 pm ET - In this webinar, Steve Spayd will share his insights on private well water treatment for Arsenic. Arsenic is one of the most common contaminants exceeding standards in private wells in the US and abroad. This webinar will explain the major water quality factors to be considered for arsenic water treatment and provide a formula for successfully treating the water. Learn what works and what doesn’t with regards to arsenic exposure from private well water.
Private Well Challenges - A Private Water Network Digital Round Table: December 16 at 2 - 3 pm ET - Join the Private Water Network for a digital round table of private water safety professionals who will discuss the current challenges faced by private well programs and highlight their successes. The three challenges to be highlighted in this discussion are data gaps regarding private wells, effective outreach, and treatment concerns. Submit your questions below by Monday, December 14, 2020.