Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Plan

Project Summary

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) will work together for the purpose of preparing a Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Plan to assess, identify, and address vulnerabilities for community water systems in Fairfield, New Haven, New London, and Middlesex counties. The Plan will utilize spatial data, flood risk, climate information, surveys and interviews with water utilities to ensure preparedness and resiliency of community water systems before, during, and after future storms and hazards, including the impacts of climate change and drought.

Project Description

The project consists of four overall tasks:

  • Vulnerability assessment of Connecticut community water systems in the four counties impacted by Super Storm Sandy to identify options and alternatives to mitigate the vulnerabilities identified and to improve resiliency and to compile the assessment into a comprehensive Public Water Systems resiliency plan.
  • Review current practices, procedures, and requirements for emergency response at DPH and develop an emergency response plan, in collaboration with the Department.
  • Use available GIS data layers and information from local health directors to assess the vulnerability of private wells and recommend actions to improve resiliency.
  • Prepare a high-level comprehensive implementation plan that addresses identified community water systems’ vulnerabilities and provides options and alternatives to improve resiliency.

Anticipated completion date: September 2017

Researchers, Staff and Contractors Supported on Project

  • James O’Donnell, UConn CIRCA and Department of Marine Sciences
  • Christine Kirchoff, UConn Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Rebecca French, UConn CIRCA
  • Guiling Wang, UConn Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Amy Burnicki, UConn Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • David Murphy, Milone & MacBroom