Surviving Disasters in Water Utilities: Learning from Experience

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In an uncertain world, the prepared water utility must provide safe and reliable water supplies in spite of earthquate, floods, and now even terrorist attacks. Because tomorrow's water utilities will serve even greater populations and larger areas, they will be exposed to a wider range of threats than they are today. This project's goal was to learn from experienced utilties and individuals how to prepare for future disasters, which are certain to occur. Reducing vunlerability is the most important subject of ...
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Overview

In an uncertain world, the prepared water utility must provide safe and reliable water supplies in spite of earthquate, floods, and now even terrorist attacks. Because tomorrow's water utilities will serve even greater populations and larger areas, they will be exposed to a wider range of threats than they are today. This project's goal was to learn from experienced utilties and individuals how to prepare for future disasters, which are certain to occur. Reducing vunlerability is the most important subject of this report, going beyond emergency response and extending to everything the utility does.
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Provides water utilities with guidelines for preparing for both natural and human caused disasters. Based on an October 2001 workshop, the report overviews vulnerability assessment, mitigation, engineering measures, emergency preparedness, and response. Grigg (civil engineering, Colorado State University) summarizes research and lessons learned from utilities that have survived earthquakes, floods, wind storms, waterborne disease, and drought. The chapter on human caused disasters identifies the possible causes and consequences of electric power failures, communications and computer failures, hazardous material contamination, and security threats. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583212042
  • Publisher: American Water Works Association
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Executive Summary
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Threats, Hazards, and Disasters 9
Ch. 3 Preparing the Organization for Hazards 15
Ch. 4 Steps and Procedures in Disaster Preparedness 21
Ch. 5 Emergency Preparedness and Response 25
Ch. 6 Preparing for Disasters - Best Management Practices and Self-Assessment 29
Ch. 7 How Disasters Affect all Water Utility Operations 35
Ch. 8 Emergency Management, Disaster Preparedness, and Security for Water Utilities 55
Ch. 9 Vulnerability Assessment in Water Utilities 73
Ch. 10 Mitigation 79
Ch. 11 Engineering and Construction to Resist Disasters 83
Ch. 12 Surviving Natural Disasters 95
Ch. 13 Security Against Human-Caused Disasters 119
Ch. 14 Research and Actions Needed 135
App Surviving Disasters: Building on Experience 139
References 147
Abbreviations 167
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