Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth


In the United States, more frequent and intense storms have been threatening vital water infrastructure, including wastewater and drinking water systems. We worked with MassDEP to improve back-up power capabilities to respond to power outages in wastewater facilities. Using data from MassDEP and EPA, we assessed risks and vulnerabilities associated with power loss. We concluded that the lack of data inhibits the ability to assess vulnerability. In addition, we found that facility managers could benefit from an interactive digital map of back-up power capabilities at wastewater facilities and information about opportunities to obtain funding to support upgrades. We recommend the MassDEP take further action to increase data quality and improve informational resources for facilities.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs