Streamline - Summer 2013 - (Page 13)

BY KENNY REYNOLDS, VRWA WATER CIRCUIT RIDER I The Virginia Department of Health/Office of Drinking Water regulations require that every community waterworks develop and maintain an emergency management plan for extended power outages. Generators – Learning from the Past “iF yoU wiSh to control the future, study the past.” This quote was made by Confucius (551 B.C. to 479 B.C.). As water and wastewater utilities, this practice of studying the past to help prepare and be in better control of future events may serve us all well. Over this past year, many utilities have experienced problems with loss of electrical power due to major events, such as: the “super derecho” of violent thunderstorms that left a more than 700-mile trail of destruction across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, cutting power to approximately one million customers in Virginia alone; weather events such as hurricanes or tornados; and major snow and ice events. These are just some of the weather events, along with other natural occurring events, that can cause power outages. In past issues of StreamLine, topics such as the importance of emergency response plans, emergency communications and preparing yourself for an emergency have been discussed. During this article, we attempt to review some of the basic information to assist utilities in preparing for power outages. The Virginia Department of Health/Office of Drinking Water regulations require that every community waterworks develop and maintain an emergency management plan for extended power outages. This emergency management plan should have already been completed, and the waterworks should have certified in writing to their regional field office of VDH/ODW that they have completed such a plan. These requirements are copied below for your review, directly out of the Code of Virginia Regulations. D. 1. 2. 3. 4. 12VAC5-590-505. Emergency management plan for extended power outages. A. Each community waterworks (including consecutive waterworks) shall develop and maintain an emergency management plan for extended power outages. Each plan shall be kept current and shall be kept at a location that is readily accessible in the event of an extended power outage. Each community waterworks shall certify in writing to the appropriate field office of the Office of Drinking Water in the Department of Health that the waterworks has completed such plan. 5. Each plan shall address the following where applicable: Identification of the criteria (events, duration of power outage, etc.) that will initiate activation of the plan. How the community waterworks will respond to an extended power outage for a minimum of five days. Procedures for obtaining and distributing potable water in the event that primary source(s) becomes unavailable. Notification procedures and example notices to the public and media (local radio stations, television stations, local newspapers, etc.) including conservation and boil water advisories. Emergency disinfection procedures for distribution system(s) and storage tank(s). B. C. www.vrwa.org 13 http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2013

From the President
From the Executive Director
Generators – Learning from the Past
Does the End Justify the Means?
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!
How is Serving on a Board of an Organization like Owning a Car?
Monitoring Master Meters
2013 Conference Highlights
OilClean from EcoSolutions Naturally Separates Oil from Water
Choosing a Rate Analyst
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Snug and Smug with Solar Power
Fresh Faces: Joey Fagan
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcome New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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