Protecting Consumers from Contaminated Drinking Water During Natural Disasters

  • Craig L. Patterson
  • Jeffrey Q. Adams
Part of the Protecting Critical Infrastructure book series (PCIN, volume 2)


Natural disasters can be devastating to local water supplies affecting millions of people. Disaster recovery plans and water industry collaboration during emergencies protect consumers from contaminated drinking water supplies and help facilitate the repair of public water systems. Prior to an event, utilities and municipalities can use “What if?” scenarios to develop emergency operation, response, and recovery plans designed to reduce the severity of damage and destruction. Mock exercises in towns prone to specific types of natural disasters also help minimize liability. Government agencies including the EPA are planning ahead to provide temporary supplies of potable water and small drinking water treatment technologies to communities to provide clean and safe drinking water as an integral part of emergency response activities.


Natural Disaster Emergency Response Water Distribution System Safe Drinking Water Chlorine Dioxide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Water Supply and Water Resources DivisionUSEPACincinnatiUSA

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