Drinking Water & Drought Monitoring

The majority of metropolitan Washington’s drinking water comes from the free-flowing Potomac River where there is an active partnership focused on protecting the region’s water supply. COG serves as a forum for communication and coordination among local and state governments, water supply utilities, the media, and general public in the event of serious droughts or other water supply emergencies. COG provides comprehensive and up-to-date information to enable the region to respond to potential and actual water supply and drought conditions as well as water security issues. COG’s Drought Coordination Committee addresses water supply and drought management issues. The Metropolitan Washington Water Supply and Drought Awareness Response Plan and the regional Water Supply Emergency Plan, developed by COG and its members, serve as major resources to support this work.

COG integrates efforts with regional homeland security issues, via the regional Water Security Work Group, given the linkages between drinking water and source water protection security issues and drought issues. COG also coordinates and manages regional water security activities in areas such as modeling, monitoring, redundancy and resiliency, operational planning, identification of best practices, facility hardening, mutual aid, and training and exercises. COG works with its members to assess risks, threats, and vulnerabilities of the region’s drinking source water, drinking water distribution systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems.

News & Multimedia

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    Regional Commitment to Water Quality and Safety

    April 6, 2016

    The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought national attention to the problem of lead in drinking water. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments...

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    While Dry Conditions Persist, Regional Water Supplies Remain at Normal Levels

    September 18, 2015

    Dry conditions persist throughout metropolitan Washington, but the region’s water supply levels and drought stage are normal according to the Metropolitan...

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    National Capital Region to Celebrate Drinking Water Week

    April 30, 2015

    National Drinking Water Week (May 3 – 9, 2015) is an occasion for utilities to be seen and to celebrate the importance and quality of drinking water services in...

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    Utilities Offer Tips on Preventing Frozen Pipes and Meters

    February 19, 2015

    In advance of the extreme cold, area water utilities have been reaching out through traditional and social media to help homeowners prevent frozen pipes and...

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    COG Report Details Regional Infrastructure Needs

    January 15, 2015

    2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report covers transportation, water, energy, public buildings, and public safety communications systems. Throughout...

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    The Worth of Water

    January 13, 2015

    Shortly after the MCHM spill in the Elk River just outside Charleston, West Virginia, COG sent water quality specialists to the site to observe the response...

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    2014 COG Series Provides In-Depth Look at Region's Infrastructure

    December 30, 2014

    In 2014 the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments identified regional infrastructure as its focus and held a series on...

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    Leaders Celebrate Safe Drinking Water Act at 'Toast to Tap'

    October 2, 2014

    Area water leaders celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Water Drinking Act in Downtown Washington, D.C. last week at the Toast to Tap event sponsored by...

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    Penny Gross Promotes Tap Water at Smithsonian Event

    May 12, 2014

    Fairfax County Supervisor and COG Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee Chair Penny Gross spoke at Smithsonian Garden Fest on May 9 as part of National Drinking...

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    Officials Launch Series with Discussion on Water Infrastructure

    April 15, 2014

    Water specifically metropolitan Washington’s drinking water system was the focus of the Council of Governments’ first in-depth discussion on regional...

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