Trust for America’s Health has released Ready or Not 2021: Protecting the Public’s Health Against Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, the latest edition in a series of annual reports examining the United States’ public health preparedness. The report evaluated the public health preparedness of 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 10 indicators, including “Water Security” and “Health Security Surveillance,” and placed them in high, middle, and low tiers. In 2020, 20 states and the District of Columbia were ranked in the top tier.
Among the report’s findings was “Most residents who received their household water through a community water system had access to safe water.” The authors noted the last year of data available indicated only five percent of Americans received drinking water from a community water system that had any health-based standard violation. It also noted that the five percent figure was decrease from seven percent in the previous year. The authors observed one state, Rhode Island, rose from the middle tier to the high tier in the current rankings by “dramatically increasing its drinking-water security.” Read the report at Trust for America’s Health.