Effects of Hurricane Hugo On Water and Wastewater Systems of the Charleston Commissioners of Public Works

by John B. Cook, City of Charleston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Hurricane Hugo had a major impact on the operations of the Charleston Commissioners of Public Works in their effort to provide safe water and wastewater service to their customers. Through careful preparation, a hurricane's impacts can be minimized even though not all such effects can be anticipated in a large-scale disaster. The Charleston CPW is responsible for providing wastewater service to the City of Charleston and potable water service to nearly 400,000 residents of the Charleston Metropolitan Area. That potable water and sanitary wastewater systems are important lifelines for a metropolitan area is understood by some but is not fully appreciated by many until such services are interrupted, even for a short duration. Time does not permit a full description of the scope of operational problems encountered by the Charleston CPW during and after the hurricane, but four (4) major operational and infrastructural problems will be examined.

Subject Headings: Wastewater management | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Water pollution | Water treatment plants | Water supply systems | Hydro power | Water supply | Water leakage and water loss | South Carolina | United States

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