The Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Drinking Water Section (DWS) applied for and received federal funding from the CDBG-DR administered by the Connecticut DOH, to help prepare a Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment and Resilience Plan (DWVAR Plan). The plan will help identify vulnerabilities, as well as take measures to enhance resiliency in areas with drinking water supplies. Public water system adequacy, redundancy, and resilience have a critical role in ensuring continued public health and safety, above all in disasters.
The State recognizes that future storms and hazards may cause severe damage to homes, businesses, infrastructure and public facilities across Connecticut. It is essential that our infrastructure and public facilities be hardened in anticipation of future events. The goal in developing a DWVAR Plan is to assess, identify, and address vulnerabilities for community water systems (CWS) in Connecticut’s four coastal counties (Fairfield, New Haven, New London, and Middlesex). The DWVAR Plan will ensure preparedness and resiliency of CWS before, during, and after future storms and hazards, such as drought and climate change. For more information, refer to Circular Letter 2016-32.