Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Posted on: 7/31/2017 - Updated on: 9/14/2022

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guide to help drinking water and wastewater utilities become more resilient to flooding.1 In the approach, the utility would examine the threat of flooding, determine impacts to utility assets and identify cost-effective mitigation options. This approach was successfully tested during a pilot project at a small drinking water system, the Berwick Water Department (BWD), in Berwick, Maine. Click on the video to learn why and how BWD assessed their resilience to flooding.

This guide is particularly useful for small and medium utilities. It provides easy-to-use worksheets with corresponding videos (based on the Berwick pilot). To increase your resilience to flooding, consider your utility’s priorities and available resources. Although this guide focuses on flood resilience, the same approach can be applied to enhancing resilience to other hazards (e.g., earthquakes, tornadoes).