12
Dec
2014
Drinking Water

Drinking Water Safety and the Alaska Native People


05
Dec
2014
Drinking Water
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Wisconsin “Healthography” Study Yields Surprising Insight into Childhood Gastrointestinal Illness

“Healthography:  How Where You Live Determines Your Health and Well-being” was the theme of last week’s American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.  “Healthography” is a new term for many, but its meaning can be demonstrated by an emerging drinking water issue in Wisconsin:  Children who live in areas that do not treat... Read More »

11
Jul
2014
Drinking Water
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

How to Read and Interpret Your Water Utility’s Drinking Water Quality Report (The Consumer Confidence Report)

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? A river? Lake? Aquifer? Are there contaminants in your drinking water?  What are their levels, and should you be concerned? Under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, all US residents served year-round by a municipal water utility are entitled to information on the quality of their... Read More »

11
Apr
2014
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

Maintaining Home Plumbing

It is easy to forget about home water plumbing until a problem arises. The following tips can help you avoid a plumbing emergency: 1. Schedule annual maintenance: A yearly home plumbing inspection can help keep your home plumbing in tip-top shape. Nevertheless, in most homes and apartments, very few water pipes are exposed. Pipes are... Read More »

14
Mar
2014
Drinking Water
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Our Very Existence Depends Upon Ground Water: What Consumers Can Do to Help Protect It

This week, March 9-15, is National Groundwater Awareness Week, a good time to appreciate the amazing resource beneath our feet. Thanks to rain, snow and the force of gravity, our Earth accumulates groundwater, a precious underground resource that helps satisfy our requirements for fresh water.  Groundwater originates from rain and melted snow, which trickle down... Read More »

07
Mar
2014
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Staying Hydrated All Year Long

Humans are water-based life forms, and as such we require H2O to function. Most North Americans benefit from an abundance of safe drinking water to keep our bodies hydrated.  We normally associate the risk of dehydration with hot weather, but a recent article from CNN Health highlights the fact that it is just as easy... Read More »

28
Feb
2014
Drinking Water
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

The Safe Drinking Water Act: A Blueprint for Protecting the Nation’s Drinking Water

Every day, over 160,000 municipal water systems provide safe, reliable drinking water to US consumers.  The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) protects the quality of US drinking water, to the great benefit of American public health.  This article provides a brief overview of this landmark legislation. The Safe Drinking Water Act applies to water systems... Read More »

07
Feb
2014
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Providing Food and Water: The Great Balancing Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week announced it has awarded nearly $9 million in grants to four institutionsi to fund research to help protect the quality of the nation’s waters by managing nutrient pollution.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy characterized nutrient pollution as “one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems.” Inherent in... Read More »

17
Jan
2014
Drinking Water
by Water Quality & Health Council

When Drinking Water Became Safer

A new monument in Patterson, New Jersey’s Cedar Lawn Cemetery marks the burial site of a pivotal figure in modern public health history.  It is a tribute to physician Dr. John L. Leal, who over a century ago took the first bold step of adding a chemical disinfectant to a municipal water supply.  Leal’s actions... Read More »

10
Jan
2014
Outbreaks
by Stephen Gradus, PhD

Milwaukee, 1993: The Largest Documented Waterborne Disease Outbreak in US History

An Interview with Dr. Stephen Gradus, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), D(ABMM), City of Milwaukee Health Department. Waterborne disease outbreaks are relatively rare events in our time, but just over two decades ago, Milwaukee experienced the largest documented drinking water outbreak in US history. Caused by the chlorine-resistant parasite Cryptosporidium parvum,the outbreak affected over 400,000 people—25 percent of... Read More »