Water Safety in the USA

Water Safety Plans (WSPs) are a preventive approach for delivering safe drinking water and health benefits, based on systematic evidence from Iceland. To date, however, United States (US) authorities have not widely adopted WSPs. In the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, we examine the added value of WSPs in comparison with US drinking water regulations. While fairly well-aligned, gaps exist in team formation and training, risk management, and management procedures and plans. We conclude WSP implementation by US authorities could close the gaps and improve water quality and human health.

Baum, Rachel, Urooj Amjad, Jeanne Luh, and Jamie Bartram. In press. “An Examination of the Potential Added Value of Water Safety Plans to the United States National Drinking Water Legislation.” International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2014.12.004.