From Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments – Original Webpage can be found here:
Here in the United States, most of us take clean water for granted. When we turn on the tap, we assume the water is clean, healthy, and free from pollutants that could have negative health impacts. We expect our water to be safe for drinking, showering, and washing dishes.
While the United States has made great strides in providing clean, drinkable water, water quality and safety still remains a major concern for public health. Without action now, this problem may only worsen. As outlined in this report, key environmental regulations such as the Clean Water Rule may be repealed or weakened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the near future. Without these key public health protections, pollutant levels will increase and threaten public health.
We now recognize how interconnected and fragile our water system is, from our mountain streams down through the pipes that bring us our water, and how crucial the regulatory system is in protecting clean water. Nurses need to be aware of the challenges that impact the water supply in their community and how they can jeopardize health.
In this UPDATED 2021 report, nurses will find the information they need to support healthier water in all communities and learn more about how nurses across the country are incorporating education, advocacy, and action into nursing practice.