Purpose of Review This review examines the effectiveness of drinking water regulations to inform public health during extreme precipitation events. This paper estimates the vulnerability of specific populations to flooding in their public water system, reviews the literature linking precipitation to waterborne outbreaks, examines the role that Safe Drinking Water Act and Public Notification (PN) Rule have in public health emergencies, and reviews the effectiveness of the PN Rule during the 2017 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Recent Findings Public water systems in large metropolitan areas have substantial portions of their customer base at risk for a waterborne outbreak during a flooding event. The PN Rule are ambiguous for who is responsible for declaring a “waterborne emergency” following a natural disaster like Hurricane Maria. Summary Revisions to the current PN Rule that mandate public notification and water quality sampling during extreme precip- itation events are necessary to ensure the public is aware of their drinking water quality following these events. . . . . . Keywords Flooding Precipitation Waterborne infection Safe Drinking Water Act Natural disasters Public Notification Rule Introduction regulations associated with their operations are sufficient to protect public health during the entire range of operating Twelve public
Current Environmental Health Reports – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 23, 2018
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