Private Water Network

The Private Water Network (PWN) is a virtual community of practice for individuals working to protect the public’s health from contaminants in private drinking water sources. The PWN aims to be a one-stop-shop resource for peer-learning and information exchange for professionals that serve communities with private drinking water systems.

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.

Virtual Platform

The Public Water Network (PWN) is a virtual community of practice with opportunities to interact face-to-face at the our Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition. Members can share relevant materials, engage in discussions, connect with peers, and promote relevant events.

Membership 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 PWN community include:

  • Discussion forum
  • Resources library
  • Event calendar
  • Webinars on private water issues
  • Newsletters on private water issues
  • Member directory with a community-wide search option.

Join the Public Health Network

A NEHA membership is not required to be a member of the PWN. You will need a MyNEHA account to login, which you can get without being a NEHA membership.

Membership

We hope to expand the PWN membership to include individuals from every state and territory in the country. We are particularly interested in new members working with the following agencies/organizations:

  • State, tribal, local, and territorial governmental public health agencies
  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Certified laboratories
  • Academic and Extension partners

Learn More

  • Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH), CDC | Webpage
  • Private Well Class, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Webpage
The Private Water Network is 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).