Pilot CDC Epidemiologic Study of Low Pressure Events in Drinking Water Distribution Systems and Request for Utility Participants

Project Paper

A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch completed a pilot for an epidemiologic study to assess whether individuals exposed to low pressure events (LPE) in a water distribution system are at an increased risk for acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI) or acute respiratory illnesses. The study design and protocols were piloted at one utility site and evaluated by CDC. Information from the pilot evaluation is being used to streamline and improve the study processes, protocol, and methods prior to the full nationwide study launch, expected in 2014.

p>The project paper describes the design, conduct, and results of the pilot study.