EPA Releases the Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities

As part of their ongoing effort to provide tools and strategies to support water system needs when disaster strikes, EPA’s Water Security Division has just released the Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities.  The Guide is based on lessons learned from seven drought-impacted case study utilities.  Using an interactive format, the Guide features worksheets, best practices, videos and key resources for immediate emergency response actions as well as those that also build long term resilience to drought.  The Guide, designed for small- to medium-sized utilities, contains three main sections:  1) staffing, response plans and funding; 2) water supply and demand management; and 3) communication and partnerships.  The Guide also links to a Case Studies Map, a multimedia GeoPlatform website, which documents the unique stories from the seven case study utilities: Tuolumne Utilities District, CA; Spicewood Beach Water System, TX; Hogansville, GA; Las Vegas, NM; cities of Hays and Russell, KS; and Clinton, OK.

To download the Guide, please click this link http://www.epa.gov/waterutilityresponse/drought-response-and-recovery-guide-water-utilities.

To view the interactive case studies map, go here http://epa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=84f1c3dac56f4226b677d8247b0e3c07.