Water Safety

Water Safety

ASTHO supports state efforts to ensure safe drinking water, protect against recreational water hazards, strengthen wastewater programs, and support policies aimed at improving public health protection by enhancing our nation’s water infrastructure.

Drinking Water

Everyone in the United States should have access to safe and reliable drinking water regardless of their geographic location, income, education, racial, or ethnic background.

Safe Drinking Water Resources for States and Territories
A set of resources as reference for states and territories in light of the water safety emergency in Flint, MI. 

ASTHO Position Statement on Safe and Reliable Drinking Water
ASTHO affirms the overarching principles of uniform standards for all drinking water systems, primary prevention, and source water protection, especially regarding nutrient pollution; promotes sustaining small drinking water systems, increased data sharing and improving communication; and emphasizes the importance of federal funding.

ASTHO Position Statement on Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Water (PPCPs)
ASTHO urges federal agencies to develop a national framework for the safe and proper disposal of unused PPCPs and a research agenda for treatment technologies to remove these contaminants from the environment. ASTHO also supports a public health research agenda to gain greater understanding of the potential health risks associated with PPCPs in drinking water.

Source Water Collaborative
ASTHO works with this nationwide coalition to protect the lakes, rivers, and aquifers supplying America’s drinking water.

Access and Availability

Water Scarcity Issue Brief (2015)
This brief provides background information on water scarcity and contains examples of the environmental, health, and economic consequences of water scarcity on the U.S. economy.

Recreational Water Safety

Harmful Algal Blooms
Resources on blue-green algae and harmful algal blooms from states, federal agencies, and international organizations.

Waste Water Treatment and Biosolids

WERF Protocol for the Surveillance and Investigation of the Concerns Reported by Neighbors of Land Application
This project helps to lay the groundwork and framework for a surveillance and timely response investigation system implemented by multiple jurisdictions throughout the U.S. using a standardized investigation protocol which will benefit future stakeholders. The final protocol includes questionnaires administered to neighbors of land application, biosolids generators, and appliers.