Water Sector Resilience: Final Report and Recommendations   [open pdf - 5MB]

"Water is often called our most precious resource, and with good reason- clean drinking water and wastewater treatment services sustain core functions of critical infrastructure, communities, and human life itself. Without water services, factories shut down, hospitals close, communities are disrupted, and most hotels, restaurants, and businesses cease operations. Water is a lifeline sector that serves businesses and communities on a daily basis and brings them back to normal after a disaster, which makes maintaining water services and quickly restoring them a priority. Because the sector has a track record of reliable service with few major disruptions, the infrastructure that delivers water often goes unnoticed and undervalued by decision-makers and the public-at-large. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) was asked to 1) assess security and resilience in the Water Sector, 2) uncover key water resilience issues, and 3) identify potential opportunities to address these issues. The Council formed a NIAC Working Group to examine water resilience using the framework developed in the NIAC's 2010 study on establishing resilience goals. This six-member group of NIAC members examined national-level issues related to water infrastructure systems based upon each of their own unique experience from across a myriad of sectors, numerous specific interviews with subject matter experts, and valuable input from the Study Group, support the findings and recommendations in the report."

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