§11-19-6 - Operational responsibilities-general principles.

§11-19-6 Operational responsibilities-general principles.

(a) The DOH has neither the equipment nor the expertise to actually "provide" water in an emergency nor does it have generally-recognized authority to mobilize such equipment, expertise, or other resources from a wide range of public and private agencies.

(b) Primary responsibility for the actual physical provision of drinking water in any type ofemergency does not rest with the DOH and shall rest with an agency or agencies which have the relevant equipment or expertise, or access to such equipment or expertise. The DOH should be limited to those activities described in this plan.

(c) No person or agency shall provide emergency supplies ofdrinking water unless the supplies have been determined to be safe by DOH (On Oahu, the DWS of the city and county of Honolulu may make the determination of safe consultation with DOH).

(d) "Type A" emergencies.

(1) State and county CDA have the primary responsibility to coordinate provision of all emergency services, including safe drinking water.

(2) The state and county CDA shall discharge their responsibility through mobilization of resources of all county, state, and federal agencies, and the private sector, in accordance with state and county civil defense plans.

(3) DOH shall perform activities described in this plan and will be performed as requested by the CDA's.

(e) "Type B" emergencies--island of Oahu.

(1) City and county of Honolulu DWS and DOH have primary responsibility to determine whether conditions threaten the adequate supply or quality of drinking water.

(2) The DOH shall perform activities as requested by the city and county of Honolulu.

(f) "Type B" emergencies-all other islands.

(1) The county DWS shall make the initial determination whether conditions exist which may affect quantity or quality of drinking water in a specific geographical area.

(2) The DHO shall determine whether the conditions affecting quantity or quality of drinking water pose a threat to public health.

(3) The county DWS shall have primary responsibility to take steps necessary to provide adequate supplies of safe drinking water.

(4) Either the county DWS or the DHO may request the county to declare an official "emergency"; after such a declaration, the county CDA shall assume primary responsibility to coordinate to ensure that adequate safe drinking water is provided through mobilization of county, state, federal, and private sector, resources.

        [Eff. 11/27/81] (Auth: HRS §§340E-5, 340E-9) (Imp: HRS §§340E-5, 340E-9, 42 U.S.C. §300g-2(a)(5))

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