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Updated 02/2013

Emergency Management for Water and Wastewater Systems



This page provides emergency management references for water and waste water systems. Topics covered includes security, emergency planning, and emergency measures for drought conditions.

In June 2002 the President signed PL 107-188, the Public Health, Security, and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act ("Bioterrorism Act"). Title IV of the act pertains to drinking water security and safety. Specifically the bill required community water systems to complete an assessment. In addition, community water systems were required to prepare or revise emergency response plans that incorporate the results of the vulnerability assessment.

Security of Water and Waste Water Systems

Emergency Response Plans for Water and Wastewater Systems

Drought Emergencies

Washington state made preparations for an expected drought in 2010. See the Department of Ecology's webpage, 2010 Drought Preparation. Since conditions exist for periodic water shortage, MRSC has retained links to informational materials related to the 2001 and 2005 droughts. In addition to water and energy shortages, local governments were also faced with increased fire risk due to potential drought conditions. MRSC assembled sample ordinance provisions and other information to assist local governments in mitigating drought related problems. Some of the examples are emergency ordinance provisions enacted during the droughts of 1992 and 2001.

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Feel free to Ask MRSC. Washington cities, counties, and our contract partners can call or email MRSC for more information and advice - free of charge.