Frequent Questions

What actions could water systems take to protect the public from contaminated water?

Before an emergency occurs, develop a radiological emergency operations plan that is utility-specific. Advance planning can provide clarity and facilitate the decision-making process. Guidance on developing emergency drinking water supplies is available from EPA.

During an emergency, public drinking water systems can:

  • Treat contaminated water
  • Establish interconnections to neighboring systems
  • Blend water sources
  • Work with state or local government authorities to provide water in tanker trucks and/or bottled water


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