Drinking Water

October 20, 2015

On Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 GPCOG was awarded a $25,000 Healthy Communities Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will assist with implementation of the Sustain Southern Maine program task for FY16/17 regarding the alignment of municipal and utility planning to meet future drinking water needs. Grant work will be completed in collaboration with the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission and project partners including the City of Saco, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Drinking Water Program, Maine Water Company, Saco River Corridor Commission, and US Department of Homeland Security. The project will focus on planning for the resiliency of the Saco River as a drinking water supply, and will result in the following short-term results:

  • Growth projections and future drinking water demand within communities abutting the river
  • Identification of hazards to drinking water
  • Increased awareness of flood vulnerability
  • Increased awareness of hazards to drinking water
  • Increased understanding of strategies to mitigate, reduce and remove hazards to drinking water, and
  • Increased understanding of the need to protect drinking water supplies.

October 6, 2015

In addition to the need for modernizing infrastructure to support development of Centers of Opportunity and meet 21st century demands it is critical to ensure the safety and security of public drinking water by incorporating resilience into operations and capital improvements.

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Water Utilities offers a variety of resources to assist drinking water providers and communities in planning for resilient drinking water supplies

The October 2015 1,000-year storm event and consequent flooding in South Carolina emphasized this point.2015-10 SouthCarolina_Flooding

Portland Press Herald _ October 5, 2015

Thousands without drinking water after South Carolina flood

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After a week of steady rain, showers tapered off Monday and an inundated South Carolina turned to surveying a road system shredded by historic flooding. And in a cruel twist, thousands of residents faced the prospect of going days without running water.

The governor warned communities downstream, near the low-lying coast, that they may still see rising water and to be prepared for more evacuations. More than 900 people were already staying in shelters and nearly 40,000 people were without water. …

Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/10/05/south-carolina-flood-door-to-door-searches-swamped-roads/

Other Resources

  • At the March 15th partnership meeting Christopher Covo from the Southern Maine Regional Water Council gave this presentation about the organization and it’s work to improve public water infrastructure in southern Maine.