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Drinking Water Quality: Airport Roles and Responsibilities, Prevention, and Communication of Events


Airports, airlines, other airport tenants and government agencies all have a role to play in ensuring safe drinking water and effectively managing events when contamination occurs. Communication with government agencies and local drinking water utilities for drinking water emergencies is an area where guidelines currently do not exist for airports. Airports are often notified of drinking water emergencies from waterborne disease outbreaks or microbial or chemical contaminations at the same time as the public. As major transportation hubs, with people traveling to various locations across the world, airports should be more integrated with government agencies in terms of being notified of emergencies. Further, guidance on how to develop standard operating procedures for emergency water quality event notification, preventative measures, and stakeholder roles and responsibilities is needed.


The objective is to develop a comprehensive resource for airports to understand their roles and responsibilities for managing drinking water quality; develop standard operating procedures for water quality event notification; managing table top emergency response exercises; and preventative measures.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/11/2021
Index Terms:Airports, Drinking water, Contaminants, Public health, Communication, Stakeholders, Water quality,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Safety and Human Factors
Security and Emergencies
Terminals and Facilities

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