HRPDC’s Water Resources Department coordinates initiatives for regional water and wastewater utility emergency response and infrastructure security. Current projects are summarized below.
The regional Hampton Roads Water Quality Response Plan, initially prepared in 2000, details an emergency management process to protect citizens in the case of drinking water emergencies. The plan was developed for the HRPDC Directors of Utilities Committee, the Directors of the Public Health Districts, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Water Programs, and the VDH Office of Epidemiology. The plan establishes procedures to assemble emergency representatives of the water utilities, regional health department, and local health districts in the event of a water quality emergency to determine the correct course of action and a coordinated response to the public and/or media. This cooperative endeavor ensures that the various agencies will respond to a drinking water health threat in a unified, synchronized effort. HRPDC staff maintains the plan’s emergency contact list with annual updates.
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), Directors of Utilities Committee (Utility Directors) conducted a regional assessment of the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of public water and wastewater systems in the Hampton Roads region of southeast Virginia. The project was funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) program, which provides grants to address the needs of multi-disciplinary planning, operations, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas.
Six representative risk scenarios were developed to provide a foundation for the study and to anchor data collection and analysis efforts within a framework for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of the region’s water and wastewater systems. Local utilities were interviewed to gather information on trends in regional capabilities. The project examined interdependencies within and between utility systems in the region, the emergency management agencies, and selected infrastructure sectors. Tabletop training exercises validated trends and identified gaps and areas for improvement. The assessment resulted in the Hampton Roads Water and Wastewater Systems Emergency Preparedness and Response Regional Improvement Plan (December 2012), a strategic plan for enhancing the ability of the region’s water and wastewater utilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
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