Securing Potable Water Following A Disaster: Clean Drinking Water

 
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For homeland security as well as the well-being of its citizens, America must be proactive in establishing a means to rapidly procure safe potable water in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Because drinking water is consumed directly, health effects associated with contamination have long been a major concern of Homeland Security officials. Interruption or cessation of the drinking water supply will disrupt society, compromise individual citizens and prevent critical activities such as fire protection which can have significant consequences to national and regional economies. Currently in the wake of a disaster, potable water is distributed to communities in plastic bottles by trucks. This process is limited when transportation infrastructure is damaged, submerged under water, obstructed by debris, electric lines or fallen trees; since current methods rely on functional transportation networks to move bottled or bulk water. Consumers are highly sensitive to the threat of contamination and/or disruption of America’s water supply. Federal and State governments have long been active in addressing risks and threats to the nation’s water supply through regulations, technical assistance, research, and outreach programs. As a result, an extensive system of regulations governing maximum contaminants levels, emergency response planning, training, research, and education have been developed to better protect the nation’s drinking water supply. During the 20th century, floods were the number one natural disaster in the United States in terms of the number of lives lost and properties damaged; although flood mitigation and prediction is advanced, floods do $6 billion worth of damage. Hurricane Katrina emerged over water in the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Key. It became the fourth most powerful hurricane in American history. Hurricane Sandy was the eighteenth named storm and tenth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. In the United States. Damage in the US is estimated at over $63 billion which would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Katrina.

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Dr. Boles is a physician scientist who work in industry for 12 years, completed bachelor of science in Biology, a master of Chemistry, doctorate of philosophy in health sciences and a medical degree. Dr. Boles has experience with clinical medicine and understands the consequences of environmental contaminants.

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