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Drinking Water Emergency Tabletop Exercise: Preparing for the Inevitable (#2023-14)

Emergency exercises are an important step to ensure water systems are prepared to deal with emergencies that threaten their missions. In addition, they are the most practical, efficient, and cost-effective way to prepare and to improve emergency response plans. A significant benefit from emergency exercises is the opportunity for people to work together practicing their roles and responsibilities and gaining emergency response proficiency.

Join us as we facilitate a group “tabletop exercise” to test communications and responses by the attending water systems. The emergency exercise scenario(s) selected (e.g., natural/extreme weather event, man-made emergencies) will threaten the systems’ critical assets and vital services. The scenario(s) selected will be based upon the attending water systems.


  • Exercise Purpose, Objectives, and Rules
  • Roles of the Participants
  • Scenario Setup
  • Group Tabletop Exercise
  • Hot Wash/After Action Review

To sign up for this class, REGISTER ONLINE, or contact Jason Blais

Date (please choose one):
May 16, 2023 (#2023-14)

Attendance: 7:45am - 8:00am
Class Time: 8:00am - 3:00AM (includes breaks and working lunch)

Adams Fire District - 2nd Floor Meeting Room
3 Columbia St
Adams, MA 01220
Parking Note: Please park in large lot behind the Fire Station

Class Fee (per registrant):
MassRWA Members: FREE
Non-Members: FREE

Agency Approval:
7.0 TCH's for MA Water and Wastewater operators

Tom Bahun is a Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT), with over 30 years of experience and expertise in developing, designing, and delivering water and wastewater safety, emergency response and operator certification training. He is well known for his fun and energetic training classes drawing upon what his students already know. Tom’s focus is to lead his students through socially supported interactions to enhance learning and construct new understandings.

In addition to Tom’s vast training experience and abilities, he has a long history of helping water and wastewater systems with his technical and managerial knowledge and understanding. In addition to Tom’s training and consulting services provided through Tom’s Water Solutions LLC, he is a water systems operator overseeing drinking water treatment and distribution at Maine’s largest water and wastewater utility. He holds a State of Maine Class IV Water Treatment and Distribution Operator license, and a Grade 5 Wastewater Treatment Operator license.


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Mass Rural Water Association

781 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA 01360

Phone: 413-498-5779

Fax: 413-498-9943