Water Supply Loss – Emergency Preparedness

Planning and preparedness for a water loss event should form part of your business continuity plan and will mitigate the effects of any interruption to your water supply.

Emergency water supply plans consist of the assessments, systems and processes needed to protect the integrity of a water supply from interruptions such as;

  • Planned works
  • Natural disaster
  • Terrorist threat
  • Water contamination (accidental or deliberate)
  • Accidental disruption

The following 5 steps are essential to building an effective plan in order to respond to any water loss or contamination incident:

1. Anticipation

Expect the unexpected and understand the potential threats to your organisation.

2. Assessment

Carry out risk assessments to discover the possible effects of any threat on the different parts of your business.

3. Planning & Prevention

Plan against, and prepare yourself for the event. Carry out works in order to mitigate the effects of an incident. Consider reducing or shutting non essential or unproductive departments of your organisation in order to conserve water for mission critical services.

Plan your response. How will you get an emergency water supply to site. How long will it take to arrive? How will the emergency water supply be connected to your building?

4. Response

Call your emergency water supply provider as soon as you loose your water supply. Do not wait until your water system is empty.

Ensure the route for any water tanker or water bowser is kept clear, and that any connection into your buildings water supply network is easily accessible and clean.

Inform all stakeholders of the current situation, and how the planned delivery of an emergency water supply will affect them. Keep them up to date with developments.

5. Recovery Management.

Your plan should include how you will deal with the consequences of loosing your water supply. Be under no illusion; an interruption of your mains water supply will have financial implications:

Will you incur overtime in an attempt to catch up with production?

Are there going to be subcontractor costs as you outsource work?

Will any of your clients be lost to competitors?

Will your brand be damaged?