Emergency Water Supply: Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
In order to maintain daily operations and patient care services,
health care facilities need to develop an Emergency Water Supply
Plan (EWSP) to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total
or partial interruption of the facilities’ normal water supply.
Water supply interruption can be caused by several types of
events such as natural disaster, a failure of the community water
system, construction damage or even an act of terrorism. Because
water supplies can and do fail, it is imperative to understand
and address how patient safety, quality of care, and the
operations of your facility will be impacted.
A health care facility must be able to respond to and recover
from a water supply interruption. A robust EWSP can provide a
road map for response and recovery by providing the guidance to
assess water usage, response capabilities, and water