Water-Borne Diseases

A girl refilling her water bottle at Grand Canyon National Park
A little girl refilling her water bottle at Grand Canyon National Park.

Photo credit/Michael Quinn, NPS

Water is one of our most precious resources and is used for drinking, recreation, and sanitation. Water can also spread illness when it is contaminated by disease-causing organisms, which are found worldwide. Many water-borne diseases cause gastroinestinal illness, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomache aches or pain, and gas. Some water-borne pathogens can cause severe disease.
You can prevent water-borne diseases: