Waterborne Diseases

Waterborne diseases are those in which the consumption of or exposure to water and/or water systems lead to illness. Common waterborne diseases include, but are not limited to, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, vibriosis, shigellosis, and legionellosis. Gastrointestinal, respiratory, and wound infections are typical signs and symptoms of these diseases. These diseases implicate compromised water sanitation and safety that have the potential to affect a large number of people.

Water Safety During an Emergency

Hurricane season is among us, and it is important to know how you can protect yourself from potential health risks. Visit the sites below to get more information on important topics for water safety guidelines and preparation before, during, and after a disaster.

What's New!

  • Interested in quickly checking the water chemistry of a home or community pool? Get a free pool test kit!
  • ADPH Releases 2018 Fish Consumption Advisory: View News Release here.
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2018: The week before Memorial Day (May 21–27, 2018) is National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by promoting healthy and safe water activities. Just 2.5 hours of water-based (or other forms of) physical exercise per week has health benefits for everyone. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we share and swim in, this summer and year-round. Check out our Pool Safety Music Video for more information. 
  • Shellfish Growing Areas Closed in Baldwin County, May 17, 2018: View News Release for more information.
  • ADPH Releases Information on Bacteria Found in Untreated Waters: ADPH News Release - July 2017


Fast 5!

  • W – Water and diarrhea do not mix! Don’t swim when sick with diarrhea
  • A – Always practice good swimming hygiene; shower before you get in the water
  • T – Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks
  • E – Educate yourself and others on healthy swimming
  • R – Report if you have a fecal incident while swimming

Check out the music video below for a fun message on healthy swimming for kids!

Page last updated: September 14, 2018