Our Emergency Preparedness Work | Regional Water Providers Consortium

Our Emergency Preparedness Work

  • 2019 emergency equipment drill

Working together to increase the resiliency of the region’s water supplies.

Our 25 water provider members work together to plan for events that could impact local water supplies, because our job is to make sure water is there for you when you need it – even during an emergency.

The Oregon Resilience Plan (PDF) and anticipation of a Cascadia earthquake drives much of the Consortium’s preparedness activities, but water providers are also working to address other potential emergencies such as fire, severe storms, flooding, volcanic eruptions, drought, contamination, terrorism, and power outages.


Program Elements

  • Drills and tabletop exercises: We conduct large-scale drills and tabletop exercises so water providers and their partners can practice responding to realistic scenarios that could affect the region’s water supplies.
  • Public outreach: We are committed to providing our members’ customers with the resources they need to safely store and treat water in an emergency because we know the public plays a vital role in our region’s ability to recover from large-scale disaster such as an earthquake. The Consortium currently promotes preparedness through a multimedia outreach program that includes TriMet bus ads, a television campaignprint materials and how-to videos
  • Tools and Equipment: Since 2003, the Consortium has secured more than two million dollars in federal grant money to purchase emergency water treatment and distribution equipment and to prepare a regional study on water system interconnections.
  • Regional Partnerships: We collaborate with state and regional stakeholders to improve regional communication, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Consortium is a member of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) and Oregon Emergency Management Association
  • Support each other through mutual aid: We support mutual aid agreements such as the Oregon Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (ORWARN) so that when an emergency strikes, water providers are ready to help each other.

The Consortium has an emergency preparedness committee that meets six times annually to advise and assist Consortium staff with its work plan implementation.


What water providers are doing

Individually, water providers' work focuses on ensuring that their water system can deliver you the water you need, when you need it, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition, water providers are completing seismic upgrades and other projects to make water systems more resilient. Visit your water provider's website to learn more about resiliency projects.