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Community Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers

This fact sheet provides information on community water fluoridation, as well as current federal activities to update guidance and regulations on community water fluoridation.

Review Date: November 12, 2012

Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Fluoridated Water: Questions and Answers

This fact sheet provides answers to six questions about fluoridated water. This document explains the rationale behind fluoridation, and dispells the myth that fluoridated water causes cancer.

Review Date: March 24, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water

After an emergency, such as a flood, hurricane, or earthquake, drinking water may not be available or safe to drink. This information will help you plan for treating and storing your water in the event of an emergency.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Arsenic in Drinking Water

Studies have linked long-term exposure of arsenic in drinking water to a variety of cancers in humans. To protect human health, an EPA standard limits the amount of arsenic in drinking water at .010 parts per million (10 parts per billion) to protect consumers.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Arsenic in Private Drinking-Water Wells

Several methods are available to reduce your exposure to arsenic in your well water. Each option has advantages and disadvantages that you should consider carefully.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Basic Information about E. coli 0157:H7 in Drinking Water

This document provides information about the health effects of E. coli O157:H7, and actions you can take to protect yourself and your family from E. coli infection through driniking water.

Review Date: December 06, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Cholera - Prevention

This fact sheet provides tips for travelers to cholera-endemic areas to lower one's risk of contracting cholera

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water

Natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods can disrupt your drinking water supply and your wastewater disposal systems. Use extreme caution when disinfecting water for drinking.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EnviroMapper

This interactive web site allows users to view and query several types of environmental information, including drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites. EnviroMapper also links to text reports.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Fluoridation Basics

Community water fluoridation is not only safe and effective, but it is also cost-saving and the least expensive way to deliver the benefits of fluoride to all residents of a community. Studies show that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by about 25 percent over a person’s lifetime.

Review Date: November 12, 2012

Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Healthy Water

With its many uses for drinking, recreation, sanitation, hygiene, and industry, water is our most precious global resource. Find answers to your water-related questions on this CDC Web site.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Keeping Your Cool

Find out the importance of drinking water during the hot days of summer. Be smart and stay hydrated!

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kids' Stuff: Drinking Water & Ground Water

This page provides lesson plans for teachers and educational games and activities for students K -12 about ground water and how to keep your drinking water safe.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Lead in Water: Questions and Answers

These are answers to frequently asked questions about tap water contaminated with lead.

Review Date: July 10, 2012

National Center for Environmental Health - NCEH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Park Service Public Health Program

Find information regarding public health issues and actions taken to protect the health of visitors and employees at over 400 sites within the National Park Service (NPS) system.

Review Date: January 09, 2012

National Park Service

Protect the Environment: At Home and in the Garden

Here are some simple tips for home safety, avoiding potential risks, and preventing pollution by recycling and conserving water and energy.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791

Call EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 to speak with an Information Specialist about drinking water and ground water programs authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

Safe Drinking Water Hotline

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods

This fact sheet provides information for consumers on what they need to know about food and water safety during hurricanes, power outages, and floods. Find preparedness tips for when the power goes out, once power is restored, and when flooding occurs.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

What to Drink as You Get Older

Staying hydrated is particularly important for older adults, as thirst regulation is sometimes impaired with aging. Watch this video to find out why water, unsweetened tea, and low-fat and fat-free milk are among the best beverage choices.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services