Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 18

FEATURE

Emergency
Preparedness
How well will your
system survive this winter?

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BY ADRIANNA HUMMER, SOURCE WATER PROTECTION SPECIALIST, IDAHO RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION

Figure 1: Before

The winter of 2016-2017 was
an unusual one across the country.
Record snowfall and flooding has kept
many system operations specialists busy
repairing damages and trying to avoid
further destruction. At this point, nobody
wants to think about more snow, rain,
floods, power outages, this summer's fires
or other emergencies that could happen.
However, taking steps now to prepare your
utility for future events might be the best
way to reduce damage, cost and stress for
you and your staff. Are you prepared for
any future emergencies? What can your
wastewater or drinking water system do to
be prepared for extreme events?

1. Join your state's
"WARN" system. (In Idaho
it's called IdWARN).

Figure 2: After

Figures 1 and 2: The small community of East Hope
suffered a major storm in May of 2008 that completely
blocked their surface water intake. If your system
was unable to distribute water to its customers, what
would you do?

18

THIRD QUARTER 2017

The Idaho Water and Wastewater
Agency Response Network, or IdWARN, is
a response network designed specifically
to help utilities respond to emergency
situations. Most WARN systems are free
and voluntary. The members are your
fellow wastewater and drinking water
utilities. By becoming a member of your
state's WARN, you will be able to receive
assistance from other utilities in the form
of equipment or workers to help you
respond to crisis situations that might

threaten the operation of your systems.
Ask your state rural water association
about your state's WARN and how you
might join!

2. Ensure your utility is
included in your county
or tribe emergency
response plan.
Are you attending your Local
Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
meetings? Each county and tribe in our
state (Idaho) has an LEPC. Under the
Emergency Planning and Community
Right-to-Know Act, LEPCs are charged
with four primary responsibilities:
1. Write emergency plans
2. Establish procedures to warn and, if
necessary, evacuate the public in case
of an emergency
3. Provide citizens and local governments
with information about hazardous
chemicals and accidental releases of
chemicals in their communities
4. Assist in public communication
regarding emergencies
Your utility should be sending a
representative to the LEPC meetings in
your county or tribe. By participating with
your LEPC, you can make them aware of
any challenges your wastewater or drinking
water system may face in emergency



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017

From the President
Surviving Hurricanes
Emergency Preparedness
Indiana Teamwork During a Flood Emergency
Rates and Long-Term Sustainability
Technology: Ammonia – A Growing Problem with a Practical Solution
Emergency Management: Biological Wastewater Treatment Toxicity
Insurance: Commercial General Liability Coverage Basics
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Installing Granular Activated Carbon Today to Prevent Regulatory Issues in the Future
Cleared for Takeoff
Up the Creek: Birdfeeder Politics
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - cover2
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Surviving Hurricanes
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Emergency Preparedness
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Indiana Teamwork During a Flood Emergency
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Rates and Long-Term Sustainability
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Technology: Ammonia – A Growing Problem with a Practical Solution
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Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Emergency Management: Biological Wastewater Treatment Toxicity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 41
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Insurance: Commercial General Liability Coverage Basics
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 48
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 50
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Case Study: Installing Granular Activated Carbon Today to Prevent Regulatory Issues in the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 52
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Cleared for Takeoff
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 54
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Up the Creek: Birdfeeder Politics
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 56
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 57
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 59
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 60
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - From the CEO
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