A variety of chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants may affect drinking water supplies. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of contaminants in their water, because they drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air relative to their size than do adults, and because their bodies are not fully developed and their growing organs can be more easily harmed. This paper describes how state laws and regulations across the U.S.
Center for Community Environmental Health
Understanding when and where disease occurs and the environmental conditions related to disease is a basic community right-to-know issue for both community residents and public health professionals. The Center works in partnership with citizen groups, community advocacy organizations, universities and others to identify and develop environmental health information tools for community-based environmental health interventions and policies. We have developed a citizen's guide to conducting community environmental health assessments that serves as a focal point of the Center’s programs.
ELI’s Community Education and Training Program provides citizens and grassroots groups with information on environmental law and policy that can help them participate effectively in the decisions that impact public health and the environment in their communities. These activities aim to provide practical, strategic information on how citizens can use the system of environmental law to change government and industry practices.