AWWA Webinar: Water Contamination Incidents & Response Guidance

AWWA WEBINAR: January 21, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET

The most significant Emergency Preparedness & Security incidents to occur in the US in the past year have been two contamination events. The purpose of the Water Contamination Incidents and Response Guidance webinar is to study these two incidents, and then review the US Environmental Protection Agency’s official guidance on response to drinking water contamination events.

In Charleston, West Virginia (Jan. 2014), an accidental industrial spill contaminated the Elk River and, subsequently, the West Virginia American Water Company distribution system, leaving 300,000 people without water for drinking, showering, or cooking for more than a week. In Toledo, Ohio (Aug. 2014), an algal bloom in Lake Erie resulted in the release of cyanobacterial toxins that resulted in 500,000 people losing the use of their drinking water supply for several days.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn through observing how other utilities have responded to contamination events
  • Consider ways in which individual systems would be impacted by similar events
  • Review and modify utility Emergency Response Plans to deal with contamination events
  • Devise tabletop or functional exercises to test projected responses to contamination events

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