Emergency Preparedness & Security

The Water Authority maintains a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan compliant with the National Incident Management System. The standard methods assist responding agencies in communicating with a common structure and language.

The Water Authority is Prepared

The Water Authority regularly coordinates with its member agencies, the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, as well as law and fire personnel to share information and ensure readiness to respond.


Water Authority staff participate in the Golden Guardian Exercise at the Emergency Operations Center.

The Water Authority’s most visible preparedness tool is the Emergency Storage Project.  Once fully constructed, the ESP will allow the Water Authority to deliver locally stored water to San Diego County residents in the event of a water supply outage. Less visible, but equally important, are routine physical and electronic monitoring of our transmission system facilities which can keep small events from turning into larger ones. 

How Can You Help?

In the event of a water outage or other emergency, the public can help by being prepared themselves. All citizens should be capable of taking care of their needs for at least three days following a major emergency. Complete your own Family Disaster Plan and Personal Survival Guide to determine what to have on hand. Review and practice your plan regularly. Register your cell phone with Alert San Diego.

Emergency Preparedness - Handy Household Tips on Drinking Water Before and After an Emergency

If you discover a water main leak or pipe rupture – contact your water agency, the sheriff’s office, or the police department depending on the severity of the situation.  

Monitor radio and news broadcasts regularly during a large scale event to keep informed. Regular information updates are also provided at www.sdcountyemergency.com or by dialing 2-1-1.


The 2007 Santa Ana Firestorm threatened the R.E. Badger Filtration Plant