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- It's Never too Late to Stay Up-to-Date (pdf) -by Kathy Jesperson, Small Flows magazine, Spring/Summer 2007 - Keeping up with emergency preparedness training is critical for those who must respond during a crisis.
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Water Security Resources for Small Systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides links to free information and downloads covering the areas of Small System vulnerability assessments, emergency and incident planning, tools and technical assistance, plus links to other websites.
Water Security: Emergency / Incident Planning Emergency response plans describe the actions that a drinking water or wastewater utility would take in response to a major event, such as natural disasters or man-made emergencies. They should address the issues raised by the utility's vulnerability assessment. Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Water Security: Security Enhancements, Research and Technology The information provided from this EPA link is intended to help water utilities and other agencies to understand and use available scientific information and technologies to detect contaminants, improve physical facility security, develop and use monitoring protocols and techniques, and ensure treatment effectiveness. Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) This secure, on-line database that provides current, reliable information on chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants of concern for water security. Access to this password-protected tool will be granted to personnel from drinking water and wastewater utilities, State Primacy (primary enforcement) Agencies, federal officials (including government laboratory personnel), and water associations.This tool was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Free Municipal Pollution Prevention Diagnostic Planner (CMAR 2.0) This free program was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Intended for small communities, wastewater treatment plant operators, and environmental professionals. Based on the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources' Compliance Maintenance Annual Report, this hypertext-based program serves as an early warning system for wastewater treatment plant operators. The user supplies information on influent loadings, discharge monitoring data, pretreatment, financial status, failures and upsets, and other aspects of plant operation and maintenance. Point values are assigned to potential problem areas and the resulting report is saved to a file which can be printed.
Free Vulnerability Self Assessment Tool (VSAT™) Software Presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), PA Consulting Group, and Scientech. This software was developed to support water and wastewater utility vulnerability assessments using a qualitative risk assessment methodology. VSAT™ software is available, free of charge, for wastewater utilities (VSATwastewater™), drinking water utilities (VSATwater™), and for utilities providing both services (VSATwater/wastewater™). For technical assistance regarding this software, please visit www.vsatusers.net/contact.html or call Toll Free at (202) 833-9384.
VSAT™ 3.2 Update for Wastewater Released
(For registered users only) - The Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) has released a new software update to help wastewater utilities prepare and maintain their Emergency Response Plans (ERPs). AMSA has collaborated with the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) to make this new module available to the users of VSAT™ Wastewater.
Releases Decontamination Wastewater Guide
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), through a cooperative agreement with EPA, finalized and distributed its Planning for Decontamination Wastewater: A Guide for Utilities. The guide is free, and intended to increase the level of awareness within the wastewater community and provide guidance on how to ensure that wastewater infrastructure is protected. Download it for free.
Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Security and Emergency Response
Planning Toolbox for Small Water and Wastewater Systems
The RCAP Security and Emergency Response Planning Toolbox for Small Water and Wastewater Systems (the “RCAP Security Toolbox”) consists of five core modules, appendices, and introductory text that relates security and emergency preparedness to best practices of system operation and management. The appendices include resources, a glossary, an emergency notification and contact list, eBulletin subscription forms, and powerpoint training presentations.
Infrastructure Security Enhancement (WISE)
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), have developed a comprehensive three-phased program to address physical infrastructure security needs for water supply, wastewater and stormwater, and online contaminant monitoring systems:
Interim Voluntary Guidance Documents-Phase I, Training Materials-Phase II, and Voluntary Physical Security Guidelines-Phase III (the guidelines are also open for public comment and trial use until June 30, 2007.) Read the press release from Dec. 14, 2006 for more information.