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to develop security guidance for designing water facilities
Stand-alone guidelines to harness
new information on risk reduction measures
(DENVER) - January 27, 2004 - The American Water
Works Association (AWWA) has begun work on a security guidance document
and related training materials to assist in the design and construction
of new drinking water systems and the improvement of existing ones.
is seeking a contractor to develop the materials. Interested companies
or consortiums may obtain detailed information on the scope of work
at www.awwa.org ,
on the Science and Technology page. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency is providing funds to support the project.
guidelines and training will incorporate updated security measures
resulting from the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness
and Response Act of 2002, which required all drinking water utilities
serving a population of greater than 3,300 persons to conduct vulnerability
assessments. The materials will address risks associated with both
intentional attacks and natural disasters.
"AWWA recognizes that many water providers want assistance in harnessing
information from vulnerability assessments and other experiences
to reduce risks at their facilities and distribution systems," said
Jack Hoffbuhr, AWWA executive director. "These guidance materials
will assist them in developing a comprehensive, consistent approach
to risk reduction in existing operations and in the construction
of new facilities."
guidance will cover a wide range of potential security improvements,
including perimeter and facility access, alarms and surveillance,
computers and hardening of structures. Associated training materials
will include an eight-hour modular training program and a web-based
AWWA creates new drinking water security systems