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Health Care Final 11-16-11 -   5.1 - Percent of Drinking Water Inspections Completed With No Significant Deficiency

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Health Care Final 11-16-11
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5.1 - Percent of Drinking Water Inspections Completed With No Significant Deficiency
Are we ensuring safe drinking water?

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Data Notes

Data Source:

Office of Drinking Water database (DOH); data current as of September 2011
Measure Definition: # of Sanitary Surveys in which no significant deficiencies were found / total # of Sanitary Surveys conducted; shown as a %.
Target Rationale: A realistic and achievable incremental improvement from FY09 results.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan:

Goal 1: Improve health outcomes for the people of Washington state / Objective 4: Reduce hazards in the environment.

Relevance: Significant deficiencies are indicators for potentially unsafe drinking water.
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • FY11 data shows the number of systems with no significant deficiencies rose slightly.  We will continue to study this measure, ask questions and look for ways to continue to improve our results.  
  • There are about 4130 systems that we inspect on a 3-5 year cycle.   
  • Significant deficiencies are indicators for potentially unsafe drinking water.  Most water systems with significant deficiencies are small; they typically serve less than 250 people each.   

Action Plan

What: Provide training and tools to water system operators

Who:  Halvorson/DOH

When: November 2012