Project #5086

Case Studies on Water Sector Interdependencies

$298,392
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Heather
Himmelberger
Research Manager
Dr. Jian Zhang
Contractor
University of New Mexico
Asset Management
Emergency Response & Preparedness
Resilience
Risk Assessment

Abstract

Infrastructure networks, such as those for water, energy, and transportation, provide key services to communities. There are strong interdependencies between these sectors and their infrastructure; however, these systems have largely been developed and managed separately. Understanding infrastructure interdependencies, and the opportunities and risks they entail, is imperative to identifying and classifying critical infrastructure, developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and addressing other potential security challenges. This project will provide resources for small and medium sized utilities by developing case studies on existing utility practices for determining interdependencies, along with guidance on management of cross-sector interdependencies.