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.
Spotlight: Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2019
May 20-26, 2019 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week! This year's focus is pool chemistry. Learn more on swimming healthy and conducting your own mini inspection before getting into any treated water. Be sure to follow Alabama Public Health on social media to get tips on safe swimming throughout the week. Check out the music video below for a fun message on healthy swimming for kids!
- CDC released a MMWR on Pool Chemical Injuries in Public and Residential Settings.
- Shellfish growing areas in Area II, Mobile County are closed until further notice. Read the full news release.
- 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).
- How to Disinfect Your Water Well - view tips here.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) beaches website
- Healthy Swimming Tips
- 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)
Water Safety During an Emergency
- Prevent Illness After a Disaster
- Tips for Making Water Safe
- Tips for Drinking Safe Water
- Emergency Water Supply Preparation
- Kill Germs with Bleach
Page last updated: May 22, 2019