AWWA seminar helps utilities weather disasters

Aug. 9, 2007
Water utility managers, emergency planners and others will gather Aug. 15-16 in Alexandria, Virginia, to discuss how to weather the impacts of natural or manmade disasters. Hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the two-day seminar, titled "Business Continuity Planning for Water & Wastewater Utilities: How to Keep Your Utility in Business and Operating in Times of Crisis," covers "business continuity plans," which define how a utility will continue to operate through...

DENVER, August 8, 2007 -- Water utility managers, emergency planners and others will gather Aug. 15-16 in Alexandria, Virginia, to discuss how to weather the impacts of natural or manmade disasters.

Hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the two-day seminar, titled "Business Continuity Planning for Water & Wastewater Utilities: How to Keep Your Utility in Business and Operating in Times of Crisis," covers "business continuity plans," which define how a utility will continue to operate through a crisis beyond first emergency response. Each year, utilities face the personnel impacts and financial effects from power outages, computer failures, disease outbreak, floods, ice storms and other unforeseen situations. The seminar, led by Linda Warren, Director of Preparedness Solutions at CH2M Hill, and Jack Moyer, Emergency Manager Director of URS Corporation, is designed to identify essential functions and critical resources that keep a utility running through crisis scenarios.

The seminar begins with a national security update from Alan Roberson, AWWA Director of Security and Regulatory Affairs. Warren and Moyer will define business continuity planning, provide case studies and lead seminar participants through hands-on exercises.
For more information on the seminar or to register, click here.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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