Co-Author: Maddie Shea
On July 16, 2019, the ncIMPACT Initiative launched the North Carolina Drinking Water Incident Response Toolkit online and presented a webinar introducing the toolkit. You can view a recording of the webinar online. The toolkit includes a guide for pre-incident planning, customizable tools for local governments, information on mutual aid, communication tools, essential information on drinking water and its regulation, and an appendix of additional resources.
Drinking water incidents such as floods, infrastructure failures, or contaminations may create real or perceived threats to the safety of drinking water across North Carolina. One highlight from the toolkit is the section on pre-incident planning. Any local community can be vulnerable to experiencing a drinking water incident. As such, this guide was developed to help local governments be as prepared as possible to respond if and when incidents occur. The guide is based on the principles that preparation is crucial, that it should be inclusive and collaborative, and that local issues and needs vary.
- Highlights the need for a local champion,
- Provides example invitation lists and letters,
- Offers a sample tabletop exercise,
- Includes sample discussion questions, and
- Recommends a list of considerations for pre-incident planning meetings.
The ncIMPACT Initiative and the School of Government convened and staffed the Drinking Water Working Group with support from a grant from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory. The Drinking Water Working Group guided development of this toolkit and resources to assist local governments when they must respond to drinking water incidents. We are grateful to the membership of the working group for their time and expertise.
The webinar was presented by:
- Jill Moore, Associate Professor, School of Government;
- Emily Gangi, Policy Engagement Director, ncIMPACT Initiative;
- Kathleen Gray, Director of Center for Public Engagement with Science, UNC Institute for the Environment;
- Shadi Eskaf, Senior Project Director, UNC Environmental Finance Center;
- Vicki Westbrook, Assistant Director of Water Management, City of Durham;
- Norma Houston, Lecturer, School of Government; and
- Maddie Shea, Program Fellow, ncIMPACT Initiative and MPA student.
For more information, please contact:
Jill Moore, Associate Professor, UNC School of Government email@example.com
Emily Williamson Gangi, Policy Engagement Director, ncIMPACT Initiative firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNC Institute for the Environment recently featured the Drinking Water Working Group, which is coordinated by the ncIMPACT Initiative with support from a grant provided by the NC Policy Collaboratory. Read more from faculty lead Jill Moore at:
The Drinking Water Working Group is a committee of 22 water quality, public health, and local government professionals convened to develop a guide for North Carolina local governments to respond in the event of a drinking water incident. Drinking water incidents such as floods, infrastructure failures, or contaminations may create real or perceived threats to the safety of drinking water across North Carolina. The purpose of the Drinking Water Working Group is to compile a toolkit of resources to assist local governments when they must respond to such incidents.
The drinking water response toolkit will be prepared and shared on an informative website (as well as in printable format) in June 2019. Proposed toolkit items include:
- Materials for a local pre-incident planning meeting,
- Worksheets for assembling local information about persons to contact in an incident,
- Sample local documents, such as mutual aid agreements,
- Links to communication tools, such as drinking water advisories, and
- NC-specific resources, such as directories of relevant agencies
- For more information, contact:
Emily Williamson Gangi, Engagement Director, ncIMPACT Initiative, email@example.com
We launched ncIMPACT in 2017 to help public officials in North Carolina navigate critical policy challenges across a wide range of topics, including health, education, economic development, criminal justice, public finance, and the environment. As we planned this new initiative, we wanted to hear from practitioners and other citizens about the most vexing policy issues in their community and in the state as a whole, and what we could do to help. As such, in January 2017 we drafted an online survey and distributed it with the assistance of various peer associations and a targeted Twitter campaign. Over the course of two months, we received 154 responses to our survey. Please read on for an analysis of our results.
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