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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 590. Waterworks Regulations

12VAC5-590-505. Emergency management plan for extended power outages.

A. The owner of a community waterworks (including consecutive waterworks) shall develop and maintain an emergency management plan for extended power outages.

B. The plan shall be kept current and shall be retained at a location that is readily accessible to the owner in the event of an extended power outage.

C. The owner of a community waterworks shall certify in writing to the department that the plan has been completed.

D. The plan shall address the following where applicable:

1. Identification of the criteria (events, duration of power outage, etc.) that will initiate activation of the plan.

2. How the owner will respond to an extended power outage lasting a minimum of five days.

3. Procedures for obtaining and distributing potable water in the event that the primary sources become unavailable.

4. Notification procedures and example notices to the public and media (local radio stations, television stations, local newspapers, etc.) including conservation notices and boil water advisories.

5. Emergency disinfection procedures for the distribution system and storage tank.

6. The point of contact for the department.

7. The points of contact for the waterworks personnel who should be notified.

8. The point of contact for the Local Emergency Coordinator designated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

9. The points of contact for the electric power, natural gas, and propane distributors, or other energy supplier to the waterworks.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-170 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 1, eff. October 18, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 20, eff. June 23, 2021.

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