Emergency Response Plan


The Safe Drinking Water Regulation of the Health Act requires all purveyors of small water systems to have an emergency response plan they can refer to in case of an emergency which might present a threat to the health of people drawing their water from that system.

The emergency response plan includes a list of all people and agencies that should be contacted in the event of any kind of emergency. This includes system owners and operators, repair people, alternative water suppliers, media representatives and government agencies and the people who draw water from our system.

Potential emergency situations have been identified which could either make the water unsafe, prevent the flow of water, or pose a health risk.  These include:

1.      Contamination of Source

2.      Loss of Source

3.      Flood Conditions

4.      Broken Water Main

5.      Chlorinator Failure

6.      Pump Failure

7.      Earthquake

8.      Power Failure

9.      Fire in or around Pump House

10.      Back Siphonage

11.      Spill of Disinfected Water into Fish Bearing Stream

Communications plays a key role in how well we are able to respond during an emergency.  We must be able to alert all the users on our system as soon as possible, especially if there is any possible risk to their health from drinking the water.

Our communications plan includes phoning the water users.  People who either don’t have phones or who aren’t in when the call is made will be contacted alternatively. Sign Up for Alerts with the button to the right.

Local media—radio, television and newspapers—can also carry warnings to the public if the situation is serious enough.

Owners of an operation which makes drinking water available to non-residents should hang a sign on the tap, which tells people that the water may be contaminated or unfit to drink.

The District maintains maps of our infrastructure including mains, pump houses, etc., and schematics of our electrical systems.