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Plan Ahead for Emergencies


The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) is based at WEST Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. The water system in Charleston, the state capital, has been in the news since January, when a chemical spill in the Elk River forced the drinking water utility to close, cutting off water to more than 300,000 people in parts of nine counties.

This disaster reminds us that the best time to plan for emergencies is ahead of time, not in the midst of the crisis. Learn more about emergency planning, source water protection, and managing small water systems by exploring the following resources.

Protecting Source Water
The Importance of Planning and Management for Small Systems
Addressing Aging Infrastructure
Being Ready for Emergencies