Tabletop Exercise Tool for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities

EPA’s Water Security Division has just updated the Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Tool for drinking water and wastewater utilities.  The TTX tool provides users with the resources to plan, conduct and evaluate tabletop exercises. The 2018 version of the TTX tool contains 12 customizable all-hazards scenarios (e.g., natural disasters, man-made incidents) that will assist utilities to practice, test and help improve emergency response plans and procedures.

To download the TTX tool (zip file) and view the different scenarios, click here.

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Quarterly Newsletter – EPA Water Security Division

Our EPA colleagues have several interactive opportunities that you may be interested in:

  1. Hurricane – Be Ready!

EPA has developed tools to help water utilities prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricane-related impacts. Check out our incident action checklist and other free resources…and remember to heed watches and warnings issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.  Want to know more?  Click here

  1. Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit

On September 19, EPA is hosting a one-day Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit in Herndon, VA to discuss and advance the water sector’s preparedness for a long duration, widespread power outage.

There will be presentations and discussions on black sky threats, generators, alternative power options, microgrids, critical interdependencies, and communications. The focus will be on some of the challenges and potential solutions to a long duration power outage. The target audience is drinking water and wastewater utilities, water and energy associations, electric utilities, and local, state, and federal government agencies. To participate in person Register Here  If you are outside the DC metropolitan area and are interested in participating in a webcast of the event, please send an email to Lauren Wisniewski at wisniewski.lauren@epa.gov.

  1. Webinar – Customer Complaint Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination

DATE:              September 11, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:  Register Here

This webinar will describe how water quality complaints from customers can be analyzed in real time to detect emerging water quality problems. It will describe methods and tools that can be used to analyze historical data to set thresholds that minimize the frequency of invalid alerts without compromising detection capabilities.

  1. Webinar – Public Health Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination

 DATE:              October 9, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:           Register Here

This webinar will discuss the role that public health partners can play in detecting and responding to drinking water contamination incidents.  It will provide an overview of common public health partners as well as the types of surveillance they perform.  Examples of the application of public health surveillance to monitor for water contamination incidents will be presented.  There will also be a discussion of roles and responsibilities during a joint water utility/public health agency investigation of possible water contamination.

  1. Webinar – Response Planning for Distribution System Contamination Incidents

 DATE:              November 6, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:           Register Here

This webinar will provide an overview of the response to a distribution system contamination incident and the steps utilities can take to prepare their own response procedure. It will cover roles and responsibilities when working with response partners. The webinar will also discuss possible response actions that can be implemented to minimize consequences, such as operational changes to reduce the spread of contaminated water and public notification to minimize customers’ exposure to contaminated water.

WSD Webinar Reminders – Hurricanes and Customer Complaints

Our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division are hosting two webinars in the coming weeks that may be of interest to you.  See below for details and feel free to share these opportunities with colleagues and water systems.

Puerto Rico Water and Sewer Authority’s Response to Hurricane Maria

DATE:              August 8, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://epa-puerto-rico-webinar.eventbrite.com

 During this webinar, Eli Diaz-Atienza, President of Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewer Authority (PRASA) will describe how the utility was impacted by the loss of power caused by Hurricane Maria. At its peak, PRASA was using 1,610 generators at its 114 drinking water plants, 51 wastewater plants, and pump stations. During the webinar, Diaz-Atienza will discuss some of the challenges with operating, maintaining, and fueling the generators. The webinar will also summarize some of the lessons learned and plans for increasing PRASA’s resilience.

Customer Complaint Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination

DATE:              September 11, 2018

TIME:               1:00 PM EDT

REGISTER:      https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6501680928031531778

This webinar will describe how water quality complaints from customers can be analyzed in real time to detect emerging water quality problems. It will describe methods and tools that can be used to analyze historical data to set thresholds that minimize the frequency of invalid alerts without compromising detection capabilities.

EPA WSD to Host ‘Analysis of Online Water Quality Data’ Webinar

Registration is now available for the next webinar in the “Water Quality Surveillance and Response” series hosted by EPA’s Water Security Division.

DATE:              August 14, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

Two presentations will be offered during the web event.  The first will describe methods for conducting an exploratory analysis of historical water quality data collected from a water distribution system using online monitoring instruments. The second will describe how source water constituents of concern can be estimated in near-real-time using continuous water-quality data.  Representatives from EPA and USGS will lead the discussions.

This flyer contains more information about the event and the presentations.  SRS Webinar Series_August Webinar_Email Flyer 07052018

Free Water Security Webinars

EPA’s Water Security Division has scheduled several webinar information and training events during July and August.  There’s also an invitation to participate in a September Power and Resilience Black Sky Summit.  For more information, please read on.

Communication Systems for Smart Utility Infrastructure

DATE:              July 17, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will discuss considerations for evaluating and selecting data communications systems that meet the unique requirements of smart utility infrastructure, including remote water quality and security monitoring equipment. Also, the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati will present a case study about its smart sewer network.

Air Regulations for Generators at Water Utilities

DATE:              July 25, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will provide an overview of the air regulations for stationary generators including the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE).  It will outline the requirements for a water utility purchasing new diesel generators.  The presentation will also compare the requirements for emergency generators with the requirements for generators used for demand response/peak shaving. You will hear from speakers such as Melanie King, EPA Office of Air and Radiation and Sara Ayres, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Puerto Rico Water and Sewer Authority’s Response to Hurricane Maria Webinar

DATE:              August 8, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

Eli Diaz-Atienza, President of Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewer Authority (PRASA) will describe how the utility was impacted by the loss of power caused by Hurricane Maria.  At its peak, PRASA was utilizing 1610 generators at its 114 drinking water plants, 51 wastewater plants, and pump stations.  This presentation will discuss some of the challenges with operating, maintaining, and fueling the generators.  It will also summarize some of the lessons learned and plans for increasing its resilience.

Free Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit

Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit (September 19, 2018 in Herndon, VA)

EPA is hosting a one-day Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit to discuss and advance the water sector’s preparedness for a long duration, widespread power outage. There will be presentations and discussions on black sky threats, generators, alternative power options (e.g., combined heat and power, solar), critical interdependencies, and communications. The focus will be on some of the challenges and potential solutions to a long duration power outage.  The target audience is drinking water and wastewater utilities, water and energy associations, electric utilities, and local, state, and federal government agencies.  Register at: https://epa-black-sky-summit.eventbrite.com

Free Water Laboratory Alliance Response Plan TTTX Webinar

Here’s the scenario… No power, no phones, ice-covered roads, microbiological and chemical water contamination, multiple contamination sites, no in-house capability to detect suspected contaminants, calls from the press, incident command system established…what do you do?

EPA’s Water Lab Alliance is hosting a webinar to bring together utility and laboratory participants to work through this water contamination scenario.  State drinking water program personnel are also encouraged to attend.

DATE:              July 17, 2018

TIME:               1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will:

  • Describe the key elements of the Water Laboratory Response Plan (WLA-RP), including water sector best practices for emergency response
  • Discuss the roles of laboratories and others in a response to a water contamination incident
  • Help participants become familiar with EPA preparedness tools and resources
  • Discuss how to build relationships between water utilities, laboratories, and other stakeholders.

 

EPA WSD Hosts a Variety of Web Events in June

Our colleagues in EPA’s Water Security Division offer three interesting opportunities for states and utilities to learn about water quality monitoring, field responses for contamination incidents, and fuel supply planning:

Online Water Quality Monitoring for Distribution Systems

This is part of the ongoing Water Quality Surveillance and Response Webinar Series.

DATE:              June 5, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Here

This event will discuss design considerations to implement and operate an online water quality monitoring system for a distribution system.  The focus will be on monitoring location selection, monitoring parameters, and information management and analysis.

Field Response Planning for Drinking Water Contamination Emergency

DATE:              June 14, 2018

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Here

Learn how to prepare for basic and advanced field response activities; the hazard decision points in the field response process; how to document field information and findings using provided templates and forms; and where to find additional resources for planning and training.

Fuel Supply Planning

DATE:              June 28, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Here

Hear how Oregon developed a Fuel Action Plan to mitigate the impact of a catastrophic earthquake that would devastate Oregon’s fuel supply and distribution capability.  Issues such as prioritization, distribution, waivers and security when trying to obtain fuel for generators during a long duration, widespread power outage will be addressed.

Fuel Supply Planning Webinar Features Oregon

 

 

DATE:              June 28, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      https://epa-fuel-planning-webinar.eventbrite.com

As a part of its Water and Power Resilience work, the U.S. EPA will be hosting a webinar on Fuel Supply Planning.  A catastrophic earthquake would devastate Oregon’s fuel supply and distribution. Oregon developed a Fuel Action Plan to address how the state would access and distribute fuel during a catastrophic event.

This webinar will provide an overview of Oregon’s Fuel Action Plan as well as Washington County’s corresponding county level plans. These plans address many of the issues that water utilities could face, such as prioritization, distribution, waivers and security, when trying to obtain fuel for generators during a long duration, widespread power outage.

Making Critical Connections

State primacy agencies may recall that EPA and ASDWA worked together several years ago to develop a document called Bridging the Gap:  Coordination between State Primacy Agencies and State Emergency Management Agencies as a way to begin to have those critical conversations before an emergency takes place.

EPA’s Water Security Division has just published a new document to help water utilities and emergency management agencies make those same important connections and have those same important conversations.  Connecting Water Utilities and Emergency Management Agencies summarizes some best practices on how water utilities and emergency management agencies can increase their coordination. Through joint exercises, coordinated planning, and other activities, water utilities and emergency management agencies can more effectively respond to emergencies and improve their communication with the public.  This document also includes examples of cross-sector coordination.

Please share this information with your water utilities.

Two EPA Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems Webinars

Our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division are offering two webinars as part of their monthly series schedule:

Enhanced Security Monitoring

DATE:              May 8, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will discuss design considerations for enhancing the security at water distribution system facilities that are at risk of intentional contamination. Topics covered will include methods to prioritize facilities for security enhancements, intrusion detection, video monitoring, and commissioning best practices. The webinar will also discuss the potential role of advanced metering infrastructure in distribution system security.

Online Water Quality Monitoring for Distribution Systems

DATE:              June 5, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will discuss design considerations for implementing and operating an online water quality monitoring system that covers a distribution system. It will focus on selection of monitoring locations, selection of parameters to monitor, and information management and analysis. Also, a case study will be presented to show how the Philadelphia Water Department has addressed various design considerations to maximize the benefit provided by their system.