EPA is making available the Response Protocol Toolbox: Planning for and Responding to Contamination Threats to Drinking Water Systems. The Response Protocol Toolbox is designed to help the water sector effectively and appropriately respond to intentional contamination threats and incidents. It was produced by EPA, building on the experience and expertise of several drinking water utilities, in particular, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Organized in modular format, the Response Protocol Toolbox will be of value to drinking water utilities, laboratories, emergency responders, state drinking water programs, technical assistance providers, public health and law enforcement officials. This Toolbox includes Modules 1 through 6, as well as an overview. Users are encouraged to review the brief overview before using other Modules. The titles of the Modules are as follows:
- Overview of the Response Protocol Toolbox
- Water Utility Planning Guide - Module 1
- Contamination Threat Management Guide - Module 2
- Site Characterization and Sampling Guide - Module 3
- Analytical Guide - Module 4
- Public Health Response Guide --Module 5
- Remediation and Recovery Guide -- Module 6
The Response Protocol Toolbox modules can be found in electronic PDF format on the EPA Web site under "Emergency Response Tools". Printed copies, in limited quantity, can be obtained from the Water Resource Center by calling (800) 832-7828 or (202) 566-1729, by fax on 202-566-1736, or by e-mailing center firstname.lastname@example.org. If additional information is needed, please call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.