There continues to be reports of local incidents at water systems. While these incidents may not be terrorist attacks, please remember to remain vigilant because the threat remains for all types of attacks. Security needs to be taken seriously and built into your organization as a regular part of operations.
EPA has a series of Security Product Guides to assist systems in reducing risks from, and providing protection against, possible natural disasters and intentional terrorist attacks. These guides provide information on a variety of products including physical security (such as walls, gates, and manhole locks to delay unauthorized entry into buildings or pipe systems), electronic or cyber security (such as computer firewalls and remote monitoring systems that can report on outlying processes), and monitoring tools that can be used to identify anomalies in process streams or finished water that may represent potential threats.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Water Works Association have released draft national standard guidelines for systems to enhance their physical security for trial use and comment. The guidelines include recommendations for physical and procedural security improvements, as well as design and construction options for raw water facilities, wells, pump stations, treatment plants, water storage facilities, distribution systems, and support facilities.
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