Drinking Water

The Drinking Water Vital Sign addresses the quality of water as it enters drinking water systems, including large and small public and private drinking water systems. Access to safe drinking water is a critical determinant of human wellbeing. This Vital Sign focuses on the sources of water provided by the environment, rather than on the ability of the infrastructure to provide water safe to drink. In urban areas, cities provide treated drinking water to Puget Sound residents. In more rural areas, small public water systems and wells are harder to track, but can be threatened by ground and surface water infiltration; the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers; and issues with water storage and distribution systems.

VITAL SIGN INDICATOR PROGRESS STATUS
VITAL SIGN INDICATOR PROGRESS STATUS

Key Messages

The first indicator for the Drinking Water Vital Sign was adopted in July 2019. The Department of Health and the U.S. Geological Services in collaboration with the Puget Sound Partnership are compiling and analysing data on nitrate concentrations in drinking water and groundwater. The first report is expected in early 2020.

Strategies, Actions, and Effectiveness

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Nathalie Hamel
Last Updated
10/12/2020