Water Health and Safety

Although water is vital for life and good health, illnesses and injuries may result from exposure to water. These pages provide important information for reducing the risk of illnesses and injuries associated with water whether from recreational water related activities to drinking water.​

Healthy and Safe Swimming

Natural Waters


Owners and Operators of Aquatic Venues in Maryland


Drinking Water




Celebrate Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 21-27, 2018!

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2017 

Quick Links:

Drowning prevention                                                     Illness prevention for swimmers   

Swimming at beaches, lakes, and rivers                        Harmful algal blooms (HABs)

Carbon monoxide and boating


Infectious Diseases:

Cryptosporidiosis                                                                E. coli O157:H7

Giardiasis                                                                           Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease

Naegleria fowleri- Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis    Shigellosis

Swimming Related Illness                                                   Viral gastroenteritis