New Web site offers public health and water quality news

Published April 1, 2001
Water Quality & Health Council
Board of Directors

Joan B. Rose, Ph.D.
College of Marine Science
University of South Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida

Vice Chair
Chris J. Wiant, Ph.D.
Caring for Colorado Foundation
Denver, Colorado

Bruce Bernard, Ph.D.
SRA International
Washington, D.C.

Sanford M. Brown, Jr., Ph.D.
Department of Health Science
California State University
Fresno, California

Linda Golodner
National Consumers League
Washington, D.C.

Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

Ralph Morris, M.D.
Galveston County Health District
LaMarque, Texas

Fred Reiff, P.E.
Pan American Health Organization (Retired)
Washington, D.C.

The Water Quality & Health Council launched in late January, a new Web site developed to provide consumers, professionals in the water quality industry, policy makers, and the media with important news and information on priority public health issues.

The site offers news, fact sheets, safety tips, and analysis on health concerns related to drinking water, food and surfaces, wastewater, and pools and spas. Information on disaster relief efforts, regulatory actions, and children’s health and hygiene is also available.

The Water Quality and Health Council (WQ&HC) is an independent, multi-disciplinary working group sponsored by the Chlorine Chemistry Council. Previously named the Public Health Advisory Board, the WQ&HC was established in 1992 to promote science-based practices and policies to enhance water quality and health by advising industry, health professionals, policy makers, and the public. The eight members of the WQ&HC are experts in the fields of public health, toxicology, microbiology, and other scientific disciplines, and consumer affairs.

“We are pleased and excited to bring to the Web a free and informative resource for the public health community, the media, and the general public that draws upon the expertise of a diverse working group,” stated Joan B. Rose, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

Rose recently was named chair of the WQ&HC, replacing Ralph D. Morris, M.D., executive director of the Galveston County Health District. Dr. Morris remains a member of the council.

The WQ&HC also publishes Water Quality & Health, a semi-annual newsletter distributed to the public health community and drinking water industry. The publication provides information about water and health-related developments in research and public policy. The newsletter is available on the Web site, and articles may be reprinted in other publications upon request.