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New Report! Water & Health: Nursing Opportunities for Action

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 As outlined in this report, key environmental regulations such as the Clean Water Rule may be repealed or weakened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the near future.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.

We hope this report will be a starting point for nurses across the country to become leaders in supporting healthier water for all. To get updates on Water and Health, sign up to the left for our newsletter. You can also become a member of our Policy-Advocacy Work Group where we’ll be discussing water issues and providing opportunities for action.

Download the report here or read the full report below:


Join us for a special webinar event on Thursday January 27th at 12 ET for a briefing on the new report. Authors of the report will provide an overview of the state of clean water in the United State and the most pressing health-related concerns. Speakers will discuss upcoming advocacy opportunities that will be critical for nurses to engage on, including submitting comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency to call for strong clean water protections. Register here.