Montana DEQ List Still Holds Up

Back in the early days of drinking water security, Montana DEQ’s Public Water & Subdivision Bureau compiled a “Top Ten List for All Water Systems” for security-related incidents.  I came across a laminated wallet card earlier today that includes those action items.  I think they’re still pretty relevant all these years later…even for cyber security!  (See item 10).

  1. In case of an emergency – call “911” then use ERP
  2. Plan (update) & Prepare – Emergency Response Plan, NIMS command system, training courses, practice exercises, cross train staff, supply availability, employees’ families, alternate work sites, and post contact numbers
  3. Inspect facilities daily
  4. Make security & preparedness everyone’s job
  5. Limit & control access to facilities through identification
  6. Establish relationships with Emergency, Law & Health Officials
  7. Continue to assess threats & identify vulnerabilities
  8. Fence, lock, light, maintain, and secure all facilities
  9. Know, handle, and dispose of chemicals properly
  10. Use necessary computer software and access protection

Are your water systems doing all of the things listed here?  If not, this is a great place to begin!

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