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Posted By Liljana Baddour, MPH and Martin A. Kalis, MA , Friday, April 13, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 13, 2018

This blog was shared with CSTE for publication by CDC's National Center for Environmental Health.

 About 1 in 9 Americans get their drinking water from a private well. We cannot ignore the importance of keeping drinking water safe to prevent needless morbidity and mortality.

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) 2016 Profile Survey found that 52 percent of state health agencies offer private water supply safety services, such as well testing and education on well maintenance. So what can you do to strengthen your jurisdiction’s ability to prevent illness from unsafe drinking water? CDC and their partners have produced a new online learning series for health departments to improve their private safe drinking water programs.

The Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI) is designed for health department staff to strengthen services to people who use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Participants have access to nine no-cost SWPI courses in the series.

Using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, SWPI provides examples of using each essential service to identify and fill gaps in drinking water programs.

Continuing education units are available from the National Environmental Health Association upon completing the courses and final evaluation.

Through SWPI course content, case studies, scenarios, and sample plans, find the resources your health department can use to improve safe drinking water in your jurisdiction. Enroll in SWPI today or share this blog with someone from your health department or partner agency who could use this training to improve water programs in your jurisdiction.

SWPI was developed by CDC, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Texas Health Institute, Tulane University’s South Central Partnership Public Health Training Center, and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

Liljana Baddour, MPH, is Senior Manager for Workforce and Education Initiatives at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), one of CDC’s core partners for SWPI. Martin A. Kalis, MA, is a Public Health Advisor with CDC’s Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch and is a CDC co-lead for SWPI.

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