Streamline - Summer 2013 - (Page 13)
CIRCUIT RIDER I
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
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.
management plan for extended power
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
Each plan shall address the following where
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
Emergency disinfection procedures for distribution system(s) and storage tank(s).
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
Throwing My Loop
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2013