To maximize our success, we leverage our resources through proactive planning and strategic collaboration with a variety of local, state and federal partners. We also evaluate potential health risks from chemical, biological, radiological and physical agents in the environment. During an emergency, our professionals can provide technical advice to Incident Command. Working in partnership with federal and state agencies we assess and prevent possible human health risks from accidental spills, waste disposal, radiation threats and agricultural and industrial activities.
Protecting drinking water supplies
We ensure that public water supply operators have the right training and skills to secure our drinking water. We also educate and assist professionals, communities and households across the state in preparing
To support these efforts, the Public Drinking Water Systems Program is responsible for the implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act program within ten of the largest counties in Florida (Broward, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia). In these ten counties, the program is responsible for the construction and operation of all public water systems that provide piped water to 15 or more service connections, or serve 25 or more people for 60 days or more per year. The County Health Departments (CHDs) conduct investigations of complaints related to public water systems.
In the event of an emergency threat to public health caused by contamination of a public water system, the CHDs assist the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) by notifying potentially affected Floridians. If it receives information that a contaminant is in, or is likely to enter drinking water supplies, the FDEP, in coordination with the FDOH, takes actions necessary to protect the public health. The Surgeon General is responsible for declaring public health emergencies and issuing public health advisories.
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