J. Assessment Checklists

6. Water

a. Displaced Population Situation

  • Determine the number of liters of water available per person per day. Persons with HIV/AIDS and cholera may require extra water for drinking and hygiene.
  • Determine the source and quality of the water.
  • Determine how long the daily amount has been available.
  • Determine the evidence of water-related diseases.
  • Determine the length of time users wait for water.
  • Determine whether safe and easy access to water is available for vulnerable groups, such as unaccompanied women and children or families affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Determine the types of wells, transportation, and/or storage systems used.
  • Determine if problems exist with well repair/rehabilitation.
  • Determine if equipment/expertise exists on site, is on order, or is available if needed.
  • Determine the availability of additional sources of safe water if required.
  • Determine if problems exist with operation and maintenance of the emergency water system.
  • Determine the need for an engineering specialist to assist with evaluating requirements.

b. Water System Disruption

  • Describe the types of systems and sources that existed before the disaster in the affected areas.
  • Specify how many people have been deprived of a functional water supply.
  • Determine who is in charge of the local water system(s) (e.g., community group, committee, national authority).
  • Determine whether the system is still functional or the requirements for repair.
  • Determine the need for an engineering specialist to assist with evaluating requirements.

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