Hazard Mitigation Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities
Hazards Posed by Natural Disasters
Water and wastewater utilities are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, tornados, and wildfires. For utilities, the impacts from these hazard events include damaged equipment, loss of power, disruptions to service, and revenue losses.
Why Mitigate the Hazards?
It is more cost-effective to mitigate the risks from natural disasters than it is to repair damage after the disaster. Hazard mitigation refers to any action or project that reduces the effects of future disasters. Utilities can implement mitigation projects to better withstand and rapidly recover from hazard events (e.g., flooding, earthquake), thereby increasing their overall resilience.