Securing Your Utility

Both drinking water and wastewater plants must keep their facilities secure from several different hazards, with a big portion of these responsibilities falling on the operator. We will look at some features that can help keep a utility secure.

The link below is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) video that covers key features of water security, showing a case study identifying the steps in their program. http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/features/

These 10 key features designed to help with events such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters are outlined in the video:

  1. Integrate protective concepts into organizational culture, leadership and daily Untitledoperations.
  2. Identify and support protective program priorities, resources and measures.
  3. Employ protocols for detection of contamination.
  4. Assess risks and review vulnerability assessments.
  5. Establish facility and information access controls.
  6. Incorporate resiliency concepts into physical infrastructure.
  7. Prepare, test and update emergency response, recovery and business continuity plans.
  8. Form partnerships with peers and interdependent sectors.
  9. Develop and implement internal and external communication strategies.
  10. Monitor incidents and threat level information.

Remember, it is always better to have plan and never use it, then not have a plan when you’re in need of it.

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