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An Overview of Drinking Water Quality and Water and Sanitation-Related Disease by James VanDerslice, Ph.D. and Amy K. Liebman, MPA. The information for this article comes from presentations Jim VanDerslice made at recent MCN environmental health intensivesand an outreach program that both authors developed and implemented along the US-Mexico Border.

Also in this issue: Newsflashes, TB Education and Training Network and TB-Educate Listserv, Pizcando Suenos/Harvesting Dreams: The Voices of Mexican American Women.For more Streamline articles visit

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This CME/CE course by Sussan K. Sutphen, MD, MEd offers an excellent overview about water and sanitation disease.

The Local drinking water quality information: Local water suppliers are mandated to provide consumers with a confidence report that tells where water comes from and what is in it.

EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water offers information about the regulations and programs developed under the Safe Drinking Water Act, federal and state contacts for further information, and drinking water publications.

U.S. Geological Survey provides information on ground and surface water.

National Center for Infectious Diseases, Division of Parasitic Diseases - Provides overview of numerous water-borne and sanitation related diseases.

Physicians for Social Responsibility developed this primer specifically for the health care provider to serve as an introduction to this timely issue and to answer common questions about the impact of drinking water on health.
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