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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.

Mission

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 a 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 pwn@neha.org.

Membership

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 

  1. Private Water Network Launch Webinar - NEHA is hosting a Private Water Network Launch Webinar on January 13 at 2 PM ET. Join us to learn about the Private Water Network online community.  During this webinar, we will walk through everything you need to know to quickly and easily get started using the online community. 

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  1. SafeWATCH Grantee Webinar - NEHA hosted the Grantee Webinar on Thursday, December 13, 2018 (1:30 PM EST – 2:45 PM EST) to help inform the development of a Private Water Network. CDC’s Safe WATCH program has been working with NEHA to develop a Private Water Network to provide peer support to environmental health specialists working in public health agencies that deliver services to well-owners and users of other federally unregulated drinking water sources. NEHA and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) designed the webinar to gain more insight into the interests and needs of environmental health specialists and the value of a network.
  2. PWN Design Workshop - NEHA is hosting the PWN Design Workshop meeting with the Safe WATCH grantees on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Denver. Nine SafeWATCH grantees attended a workshop. We refined our mission and vision for the PWN and designed a number of member activities to test out in the coming months, including live office hours with experts and curated informational emails. 
    VIEW DESIGN WORKSHOP UPDATE
  3. NEHA AEC: Private Water Network: What Is It and How You Can Be a Part of It! - This presentation will focus on the creation of the Private Water Network, and its partnerships, resources, and tools that have been and are being developed to integrate environmental public health. Private water systems have a unique set of challenges that can be costly and time-consuming to overcome. The Network serves as a way to strengthen partnerships, provide resources that protect drinking water quality and public health, and improve access to safe drinking water for users of private drinking water systems.
     

Resources

Private Water Network

Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH)

Private Well Course

Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI)

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