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Preventing the Perfect Storm: Public Health Relies on Risk Management (PDF)

  • Author(s): Burlingame, Gary A.; Rayburn, Chris; Blaha, Frank J.
  • Publications: Opflow
  • Issue Date: April 2011
  • Volume / Number: 37, Number 4
  • Page(s): 12-15
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  • Product Number: OPF_0073725
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This article discusses the simultaneous occurrence of certain events that can cause a major disaster in a utility's distribution system. Specifically, the article discusses the top four concerns for distribution systems, as indicated by actual records of contamination and waterborne disease outbreaks, including: cross-connections and backflow of contaminated water; contamination resulting from storage facility design, operation, or maintenance; contamination caused by main installation, repair, or rehabilitation practices; and, contaminant intrusion caused by pressure conditions and physical gaps in distribution system infrastructure.

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