The August 15 blackout that disrupted water for nearly six million people in Cleveland and Detroit has alerted drinking water utilities to their critical dependence on the nation's electricity grid.
The massive outage that affected 50 million people in eight states and part of Canada served as a rude, impromptu drill for several water suppliers, underscoring the need for backup generators, a dependable communications network and a comprehensive emergency response plan to address worst-case scenarios.
Learn from the utilities that were directly affected by the blackout during the upcoming webcast-a live seminar you can access from your desktop computer via the Web-called 2003 Blackout: Lessons Learned. The webcast takes place Thursday, Oct. 23 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
This webcast will provide information on
* The challenges utilities face in dealing with such unexpected challenges such as a blackout or acts of nature
* The role of public officials in making sure utilities are prepared for unexpected challenges
* The Webcast will also include a panel discussion and you'll be able to submit questions via e-mail for the panelists to address.
The cost for a single registrant is $49 for AWWA members and $69 for nonmembers. After you register, you will receive by e-mail a Web address, password and easy instructions to access the webcast on October 23.
Registration will close at 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 22. No registrations will be accepted after that time.
For more information, visit www.awwa.org.