Kansas | From Emergency Management to Building Resilience: A Workshop for Small Water Systems

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Date(s) - 11/01/2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex (Room 138)


CEHs: Pending approval for water/wastewater continuing education hours.
Cost: Complimentary.

Now more than ever, water utilities must learn to be resilient in the face of an uncertain future. At this workshop, we will discuss potential threats in your region, including extreme weather and climate disruptions, and give you tools to identify risks, assess vulnerabilities, and plan for impacts. Participants will then put their new knowledge to the test in an emergency water supply & demand interactive exercise. During this exercise attendees will work together to asses a hazard situation, prioritize needs, and plan for and implement actions strategies in order to manage threats. Finally, we will spend the afternoon hearing from state contacts who can help turn your plans into action.

In this workshop, attendees will learn:
How to identify threats to small water systems and their impacts and consequences
How to gain familiarity with planning and preparing for utility emergencies
How to access local resources

Who Should Attend:
• Managers, owners, and operators of small public water systems serving between 25-10,000 people (though larger systems may also attend), including:
– Local government systems
– Community, non-governmental systems including HOAs, mobile home park owners, resorts/campgrounds, and more
• Local and tribal governmental leaders, including mayors, finance officers, utility managers, and clerks
• Consultants and technical assistance providers serving water systems

Brandy Espinola, Program Manager – Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland
Nick Willis, Program Manager – Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center

Local Presenters: 
Jim Leftwich – Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Brad Mears – Kansas Municipal Utilities
William Carr – Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Contact: Leslie Kimble, leslie.kimble@wichita.edu



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Up to 3,300 people (about 1,000 accounts)
3,301 - 10,000 people (1,001 - 4,000 accounts)
10,001 people or above (4,001 or more accounts)
Not a water system