Potomac River Spill Workshop & Functional Exercise

Wed Oct 14 2020 at 08:30 am to Thu Oct 15 2020 at 03:00 pm
Loudoun Water, 44865 Loudoun Water Way, Ashburn, United States

Loudoun Water, 44865 Loudoun Water Way, Ashburn, United States

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Event Description: This two-day event consists of a workshop and functional exercise (FE) that provides an opportunity to exercise stakeholder roles and responsibilities for events impacting public water systems through presentations and group discussions (Day-1), and hypothetical incident scenarios (Day-2).  

Wednesday, October 14th (Day 1) – An in-person workshop that includes a morning seminar and roundtable discussions, followed by an afternoon drill focused on multi-agency coordination during a spill incident on the Potomac River.

Thursday, October 15th (Day 2) – A remote communications-based FE focused on response and recovery to a regional water outage that lasts multiple days. Players will participate from their normal workplace with exercise “play” taking place over normal communication mediums (e.g., telephone, Email, RICCS). Players are expected to take action based on the information received utilizing their own emergency response plans (ERPs).

Who Should Attend: Public water systems affected by a spill on the Potomac River, local health departments, local emergency management, water sector response partner associations, as well as other local, state and federal agencies that would be involved in the response and recovery to an incident affecting public water systems.

Event Objectives:• Confirm water system incident notifications required under AWIA Section 2018.• Exercise multiagency coordination between water systems and response partners at the local, state and federal level during a water sector incident that affects Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.• Identify updates to the Potomac Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership (DWSPP) Utility Spill Response Plan.• Coordinate resource management strategies between water systems and response partners for a regional water outage that lasts several days.• Discuss communication and coordination between water systems when returning to normal operations following a regional incident.

Event Schedule: Wednesday October 14, 2020• Check-in: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.• Presentations: 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.• Lunch Break: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.• Multiagency Coordination Exercise: 12:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday October 15, 2020• Check-in: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.• Webinar Presentations: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.• Remote Functional Exercise: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Participants should expect to participate at Loudoun Water on Day 1 and remotely from their normal place of work on Day 2. The planners will contact participants to discuss the FE in further detail after they register.

Training Hours: Applications will be submitted for licensed Maryland and Virginia public water system operators to earn continuing education training hours for their participation in the event.

Questions: The Horsley Witten Group (US EPA Contractor) is assisting with the planning and facilitation of the event. Please contact Carl Simons at csimons | horsleywitten ! com or Will Keefer at wkeefer | horsleywitten ! com or by phone at 508-833-6600 if you have any questions about the two-day event.

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