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Notice to Readers 6. CDC. Surveillance for waterborne disease and outbreaks associated with
drinking water and water not intended for drinking—United States,
Ground Water Awareness Week — 2005–2006. MMWR 2008;57(No. SS-9):39–69.
March 8–14, 2009
An estimated 88 to 100 million persons in the United States Notice to Readers
are served by community drinking water systems that rely on Introduction to Public Health
ground water as their sole or primary source (1,2); approxi-
mately 15 million U.S. households have their own private
wells (3). Each year, the National Ground Water Association CDC and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory
sponsors Ground Water Awareness Week to stress the impor- University will cosponsor a course, Introduction to Public
tance of protecting ground water and to focus attention on Health Surveillance, to be held June 1–5, 2009, at Emory
annual private well maintenance and water testing (4). This University in Atlanta, Georgia. The course will provide practic-
year, Ground Water Awareness Week is March 8–14. ing public health professionals with theoretical and practical
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations that knowledge to design, implement, and evaluate effective surveil-
protect public drinking water systems do not apply to privately lance program. Course topics include an overview and history
owned wells (5). Owners of private wells are responsible for of surveillance systems; planning considerations; sources and
ensuring that their well water is safe from contaminants of collection of data; analysis, interpretation, and communication
health concern. Possible contaminants include disease-causing of data; surveillance systems technology; ethics and legalities;
microorganisms, natural contaminants, and manufactured pol- state and local concerns; and future considerations. Tuition
lutants. Twenty waterborne-disease outbreaks associated with is charged.
drinking water were reported to CDC during 2005–2006, Additional information and applications are available by
including seven outbreaks caused by bacteria and viruses in mail (Emory University, Hubert Department of Global Health,
ground water sources (6). 1518 Clifton Rd. NE, Rm. 746, Atlanta, GA 30322), telephone
Private wells should be located away from potential con- (404-727-3485), fax (404-727-4590), e-mail (pvaleri@emory.
tamination sources such as septic and waste-water systems, edu), or Internet (http://www.sph.emory.edu/epicourses).
animal enclosures, and chemical storage areas (5). Private wells
also should be checked every year for mechanical problems, Notice to Readers