Environmental Public Health Week 2014 - Day 2
Safe Drinking Water
Did you know?
The PHI/EHO must regularly refresh their knowledge skills to keep up with the demand of an always changing environment or situation ensuring the protection of the public’s water supply and quickly respond to an adverse water situation which may impact the health of a community.
In Ontario there is a high quality and vast quantities of drinking water. Our water supplies must be protected in order to ensure that this resource is accessible for future generations.
The goals of the Ontario Public Health Standards are clear. As Environmental Public Health Professionals, (EPHP) we need to work to “prevent and reduce the burden of water-borne illness related to drinking water “. To achieve this EPHP work tirelessly to:
- Ensure the public has access to safe drinking water protected from potential contaminants;
- Ensure actions are taken by the operator when an adverse event impacts a public drinking water source;
- Communicates risk and educates the public on how to protect themselves when an adverse event impacts their drinking water.
What can you do?
During Environmental Public Health Week; we need to recognize and be thankful for the hard work of the Public Health Inspector and other Environmental Public Health Professionals. Why not take the time to do one of the following things:
- Obtain a copy of the Ontario Public Health Standards and become familiarized with the many aspects of public health.
- Web search for one of Ontario’s Public Health Units then type “safe water” in the search engine and see what you come up with.
- Read a book on water, water protection, etc. and discuss with colleagues.
If you want to learn more about a career as a public health inspector and public health, visit www.ciphi.ca/careers