Public Health Surveillance Design Guidance for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems

EPA has released a new guidance document as part of the Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems.  Public health surveillance is the ongoing collection and analysis of public health data, such as emergency department visits and calls to poison control centers, for the purpose of detecting disease and illness in a community.  Public health surveillance is conducted in most cities in the U.S., and can be a powerful tool for the early detection of drinking water contamination incidents.

The new document, Public Health Surveillance Design Guidance for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems, provides guidance for leveraging ongoing public health surveillance to detect possible drinking water contamination incidents.  It also contains an interview form to help drinking water utilities engage their public health partners and learn about ongoing surveillance activities.

You may download the guidance from EPA’sWater Quality Surveillance and Response System website:  https://www.epa.gov/waterqualitysurveillance/public-health-surveillance-resources.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Allgeier by phone at 513-569-7131 or email him at Allgeier.Steve@epa.gov.

 

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