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Water Resilience

Basics of Water Resilience

All communities need safe drinking water and properly treated wastewater. In order to provide these services reliably, utilities should:

  • Conduct an assessment and reduce risk
  • Plan for and practice responding to emergencies
  • Monitor systems for contaminants

The Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) for the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector, which is comprised of Government Coordinating Council and Water Sector Coordinating Council, plans, coordinates and implements programs to support security and resilience within the sector.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security website to learn how the CIPAC supports water and wastewater systems and to obtain a copy of the Sector Specific Plan that outlines the processes and activities related to the protection and increased resilience of those systems.

To learn more about the collaborative role that the organizations that make up the CIPAC play in supporting water sector security and resilience, click here.

Check out the video below to learn more about the importance of resilience activities at your utility. 

"Don't Get Soaked: Invest in Emergency Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation Activities" educates drinking water and wastewater utility managers, board members, elected and appointed officials on the benefits of investing in preparedness, response and recovery activities at the utility (runtime 9:14 min).