During a planned or unplanned event, it is essential for a utility to communicate with the public about drinking water alerts or advisories. One method of communicating drinking water alert or advisory information is using the Drinking Water Advisory solution.

The map based view of drinking water advisories or alerts allows for customers to view areas with affected service. This map also includes additional information, such as precautions to take, when the drinking water advisory began, and the number of affected service connections and customers.


Drinking Water Advisory requires specific technical experience and software.

Requirement Description
  • Publishing GIS services
  • Authoring maps
  • Administering ArcGIS Online groups and organizing content
  • Configuring ArcGIS Online configurable application templates
Map authoring
  • ArcMap (Standard or Advanced) 10.2.1, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5
  • ArcGIS Pro (Standard or Advanced) 1.3, 1.4
  • Portal for ArcGIS 10.4, 10.5
  • ArcGIS Online
Map Service Hosting
  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Enterprise (Standard or Advanced) 10.5
  • ArcGIS for Server (Standard or Advanced) 10.3, 10.4
    • Portal for ArcGIS
Application hosting
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5
  • Portal for ArcGIS 10.4
  • ArcGIS Online
  • Basic Viewer (ArcGIS Online web application template)

What you get

When you download Drinking Water Advisory, you'll find the following in the zip file:

Directory Item Description
Maps and GDBs DrinkingWaterAdvisory.mxd The ArcGIS for Desktop map used to publish the Drinking Water Advisory service.
DrinkingWaterAdvisory.gdb The geodatabase including the drinking water advisory schema and sample data from the City of Naperville, Illinois.
Icons Icons for the services, maps, and apps.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Drinking Water Advisory.

Date Description
January 2017
  • Drinking Water Advisory can now be deployed in your ArcGIS organization with the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool.
July 2013
  • First release of Drinking Water Advisory

Get started with Drinking Water Advisory

Automated deployment options

With ArcGIS Pro and the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool, users can now automate the deployment of this solution in their ArcGIS organization. Follow a few simple steps to quickly deploy the solution, configure it, and load your data when necessary.