Earthquake Resiliency / Emergency Preparedness of the City of Vancouver's Water System

Description:The earthquake hazard in Southwest BC represents a clear and present danger. Scientists who have devoted a lifetime to studying the Cascadia Subduction Zone suggest that a significant earthquake event is inevitable. After recent earthquake events in Chile, Japan, and New Zealand devastated urban and coastal communities alike, the City of Vancouver recognized the need to better understand the earthquake risk, the current state of resilience across the city and plan to address the gaps. This presentation will summarize some of the efforts of the City of Vancouver's Waterworks department to improve both the resiliency of its water system and its ability to respond to emergencies of all kinds. Such efforts include the development of a long-term hardened grid for the City's water system, a trial installation of earthquake resistant ductile iron pipe (ERDIP) and the development of emergency response scenarios to prioritize the delivery of water supplies to critical facilities such as hospitals.

Authors: Michael Irvine

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Tags:2014 Annual Conference,AC2014,AC14

Citation:Stream O. 15.2.

Publication Date:May 6th, 2014 Upload Date:Jul 31st, 2014

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