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April 6, 2010
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Security & Safety News

U.S. EPA Sponsors Free Access to WaterISAC Security Resources

Information on infrastructure protection strategies and all hazards threats is vital to the security of drinking water and wastewater utilities. The importance of this information is reflected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and WaterISAC’s offer of 12 months of free access to WaterISAC’s Pro service.

This opportunity is available to staff of drinking water and wastewater utilities of all sizes, water association employees, state environment and homeland security agencies, and circuit riders. These personnel may sign up here.

WaterISAC was established in 2002 as a nonprofit water-sector organization in support of infrastructure protection. The national drinking water and wastewater associations appoint WaterISAC board members.

WaterISAC Pro’s secure online library contains more than 2,000 white papers, best practices, three different chem/bio contaminant databases, vulnerability assessment tools, research reports and more.

WaterISAC Pro also hosts free webinars on current topics such as lessons learned from natural disasters, emergency response planning and insider threats. Upcoming webinar topics include training on the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), scheduled to take place throughout the month of April.

To sign up for 12 months of free access to WaterISAC Pro, click here.


NAWC Security and Safety Committee Holds Meeting

Celebrating its one-year anniversary, the NAWC Security and Safety Committee recently met to discuss a number of important issues confronting the industry.

Committee members were provided with an overview of the SAFETY Act and the benefits it can provide their utilities. DHS provided an overview of Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (ECIP). Connecticut Water’s Don Schumacher provided an overview of Connecticut Water’s award-winning Safety Program. Updates were also provided on chemical security legislation and other DHS programs. At the meeting, the committee also began initial work on crafting a proposal for safety benchmarking.

Since its creation, the Security and Safety Committee has been very active in serving as a forum on security for members to discuss common areas of concern, including promoting tools or procedures they have found beneficial. In addition, the committee has provided input and guidance on specific security requests made by Congress, DHS, EPA and the WSCC. The committee also serves as a forum to share best practices on health and safety initiatives as well as a resource to members, keeping them apprised of regulatory requirements, safety developments and other issues pertinent to NAWC members.

For more information regarding the committee and its work, please contact NAWC staff member Cade Clark.