Potable water issues during disaster response and recovery: Lessons learned from recent coastal disasters

Publication year
2011
Emergency type

An immediate need and vital resource, potable water becomes critical in the aftermath of a disaster; affected communities cannot recover and return to normal conditions until water infrastructure is restored. This paper explores the public health impacts associated with the lack of water supply in the immediate aftermath of a coastal disaster, the effects of coastal disasters on various water supply infrastructures, and strategies and solutions for supplying potable water to victims after a major coastal disaster.