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:
- Integrate protective concepts into organizational culture, leadership and daily operations.
- Identify and support protective program priorities, resources and measures.
- Employ protocols for detection of contamination.
- Assess risks and review vulnerability assessments.
- Establish facility and information access controls.
- Incorporate resiliency concepts into physical infrastructure.
- Prepare, test and update emergency response, recovery and business continuity plans.
- Form partnerships with peers and interdependent sectors.
- Develop and implement internal and external communication strategies.
- 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.