Waterborne diseases are those in which the consumption of or exposure to water and/or water systems lead to illness. Common waterborne diseases include, but are not limited to, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, vibriosis, shigellosis, and legionellosis. Gastrointestinal, respiratory, and wound infections are typical signs and symptoms of these diseases. These diseases implicate compromised water sanitation and safety that have the potential to affect a large number of people. ADPH is committed to keeping you informed of potential risks that lead to waterborne illnesses; investigating transmission of pathogens that may result in such illnesses; and implementing strategies that will reduce the spread of further sickness.
- ADPH releases guidance on private well water testing and sewage overflows following a flooding event.
- Free training is available for Legionnaires' disease prevention! CDC and partners developed this training for a variety of professionals involved in water management programs. CEUs are available from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).
Water Safety During an Emergency
Hurricane season is among us, and it is important to know how you can protect yourself from potential health risks. Visit the sites below to get more information on important topics for water safety guidelines and preparation before, during, and after a disaster.
- Prevent Illness After a Disaster
- Tips for Making Water Safe
- Tips for Drinking Safe Water
- Emergency Water Supply Preparation
- Kill Germs with Bleach
For the General Public
- How to Disinfect Your Water Well - view tips here.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) beaches website
- Healthy Swimming Tips
- Conduct your own inspection before getting into any treated water. See these details.
- Learn more about the Coastal Alabama Beach Monitoring Program and coastal conditions.
- Learn more about oceans, lakes, and rivers
For Operators of Aquatic Venues
- Developing a Water Management Program
- Pool/Spa Inspector Training
- Model Aquatic Health Code (2nd Edition)
Page last updated: February 27, 2019