Basic Utility Readiness Guide
The ARWA has developed a Basic Readiness Guide for public water and wastewater utility use as follows:
Heightened Utility Awareness
As you are aware, the United States of America, as well as the remainder of the World, is subject to terrorist attacks.
This leads to measures that must be initiated within public utility operations.
The intent of this notice is not to cause alarm, but rather to heighten awareness of responsible utility personnel.
The ARWA is offering this informational guide for your use as you develop a heightened awareness status program for your utility.
- Employee Awareness - Cameras - Employee Identification
- Locks on all Gates, Doors, Buildings, Electrical Panels and/or Control Panels
- All Vehicles Locked
- All Gates Locked
- Additional Lighting
- Routine Checks by Law Enforcement
- Signs Posted (Do Not Enter, Closed Circuit Security Monitor, Employees Only and Restricted Area)
- Dummy Cameras
- Security Systems and Alarms
- Security Fences
- Knowledge of Surrounding Terrain
- Reporting Suspicious Activity
- Plans of Action
- Auxiliary Electricity
- Emergency Telephone Numbers (911)
- Secure All Vehicles
- Limited Personnel with Keys to Areas of Potential Weakness
- Know When to Stop Water Production
- Update Emergency Response Plans to Include Terrorist Acts
- Review Emergency Plans with Employees and Officials
- Do Not Leave Keys in Equipment at Any Time
Be sure to have telephone numbers for the following:
- Local Law Enforcement
- County Law Enforcement
- Local Fire Department
- Hazardous Material Handlers
- Local Hospitals
- Rescue Squads
- Alabama Department of Environmental Management
- County Emergency Management Agency
- County Health Department
- Center for Disease Control
- Electricity Supplier
- News Media for Publication Notification
PLUS Emergency Telephone Numbers for Consecutive Water Utilities
AND Know When to Issue "Boil Water" or "Do Not Drink" Alerts
- Chlorine Storage
- Acidic Chemical Storage
- Alkaline Chemical Storage
- Prepare Purchase and Delivery Schedules
- Inventory of All Chemicals
- Secure All Chemicals Transported by Utility Vehicles
- Minimum Inventory of Chemicals
- SCBA Inspected
- Fire Hydrants (coordinate security efforts with local fire department personnel and law enforcement officials)
- Secure Hydrants Located in Limited Public View Areas
- Pumping Stations and Other Structures Fenced, Locked and Additional Lighting
- SCADA Systems-Telemetry-Limited Access to Sensitive Information
- Tanks-Eliminate Accessibility-Locks, Remove Ladders
- Metering Vaults and/or Pits-Locked, Fenced
- Increased Raw Water Monitoring
Being prepared and alert to circumstances which could be detrimental to the production and availability of safe drinking water is essential. Please take measures to ensure proper security controls are in place.
With heightened security measures underway at utility facilities, you may be interested in purchasing a number of these signs for your utility.
8" x 12" plastic
$3.00 each, member
$5.00 each, non-member
24" x 36" aluminum
$25.00 each, member
$30.00 each, non-member
Rural Water Security Alert
For dissemination to members of the Alabama Rural Water Association
The Office of Homeland Security was created by President George W. Bush as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States of America. Its role is coordinating strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats or attacks in the United States.
In Alabama, the Office of Homeland Security is directed by Jim Walker. The mission of the Office is to develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive state strategy to secure the State of Alabama from terrorist threats or attacks. The Office coordinates the Executive Branch’s efforts to detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks within the State of Alabama.
Other actions on the national level through the U. S. Office of Homeland Security include security advisory system warnings which properly represent the current condition of the USA. The system below and to the left is provided for your information and should be maintained in your utility emergency response plans.
SECURITY SYSTEM ADVISORY WARNINGS
- SEVERE SEVERE RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (RED)
- HIGH HIGH RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (ORANGE)
- ELEVATED SIGNIFICANT RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (YELLOW)
- GUARDED GENERAL RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (BLUE)
- LOW LOW RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (GREEN)
In addition, the US Congress and President Bush have approved the Bioterrorism Act. The Act which is found as a part of the Safe Drinking Water Act Title XIV Section 1433 includes certain provisions affecting water utilities throughout the nation. Specifically, the Vulnerability Assessment Plan requirement of public water utilities is addressed as well as other issues. (See below for assistance in meeting these requirements).
The Act required each community water system as listed below to conduct a Vulnerability Assessment of their utility and an update to their emergency response plan:
- Systems serving a population of 100,000 or more by March 31, 2003.
- Systems serving a population of 50,00 or more but less than 100,000 by December 31, 2003.
- Systems serving a population greater than 3,300 but less than 50,000 by June 30, 2004.
Contact the ARWA office for assistance.