Private Water Network Anniversary Events
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is celebrating the 2-year anniversary of the Private Water Network (PWN). Through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NEHA, and National Network of Public Health Institutes, PWN was launched in 2019 to build a sustainable community for public health and safety professionals working to support private water programs.
In the spirit of celebration, PWN is hosting a series of events and updates January 31–February 3 that will highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with private drinking water sources. We thank you for the incredible work you are doing and look forward to celebrating with you!
Monday, January 31
2 p.m–3 p.m. EST
Public and environmental health professionals, as well as safety professionals, work closely with their communities to ensure the safety of private drinking water resources. Join us for this opportunity to initiate a conversation on the challenges, opportunities, and priorities regarding private drinking water, how impaired private water quality impacts public health, and what we can do to respond to emerging and existing issues. By participating, you are helping us lead this conversation on private water! #PWNChat
PWN Panel Session: Methods for Estimating Locations of Housing Units Served by Private Domestic Wells in the United States
Tuesday, February 1
2 p.m.–3 p.m. EST
Join PWN for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) panel session on methods for estimating locations of housing units served by private domestic wells and proximity of private domestic wells to underground storage tanks in the U.S. This session will feature two speakers from the Office of Research Development within U.S. EPA—Dr. Fran Kremer and Alexander Hall.
Evaluation to Evolution: Reframing the PWN Online Community Platform Blog Post
Wednesday, February 2
This blog post will focus on how the results of the 2021 PWN survey led to the reframing and restructuring of the PWN online community platform. The blog will also address future engagement and partnership opportunities, resources, and tools that are being developed to integrate environmental public health. Stay tuned for the blog that will be posted on February 2!
Thursday, February 3
1 p.m.–2 p.m. EST
In this webinar, Dr. Riley E. Mulhern will provide an overview of a North Carolina pilot study focused on evaluating the safety and effectiveness of under-sink water filters for private wells impacted by lead and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including an evaluation of microbiological water quality changes across the filters. The results will help individual well users and state and local health departments make more informed decisions about addressing lead and PFAS in well water using point-of-use treatment.
About the Presenter
Dr. Mulhern is a research environmental engineer with RTI’s Center for Environmental Health, Risk, and Sustainability where he focuses on issues of drinking water quality, environmental contamination, and human health-related exposures across the globe. Using his expertise in water quality and treatment, risk assessment, data science, environmental justice, and community engaged research, Dr. Mulhern strives to identify, test, and implement practical solutions to environmental health challenges. He supports a wide range of projects at RTI including analyses of drinking water quality in Guatemala City, PFAS in private well water across the U.S., and lead in water in schools and childcare centers across North Carolina and Georgia.
Want to join PWN? NEHA membership is not required to be a PWN member; however, you will need to create a MyNEHA account if you do not have one. If you have a MyNEHA account, log in to your account, click on My Profile, then create a PWN application. After you have created an application, you will be notified by email that you have been added to the community.