Black Sky Hazards and Water Sector Resilience Webinar

You are invited to join WaterISAC and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) for a free webinar on Black Sky power outage hazards and water sector resilience.

              January 23, 2018

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


Dr. Paul Stockton, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, will discuss how Black Sky power outages – those lasting a month or more and affecting multiple states – could turn a natural or manmade disaster into a catastrophe. He will also address resilience measures and provide insight into factors that water and wastewater utilities might consider in order to maintain minimal service levels during Black Sky outages.  Lauren Wisniewski from EPA’s Water Security Division will provide an overview of EPA’s Power Resilience Guide and discuss upcoming EPA and sector activities focused on Black Sky outages and resilience.

The webinar is open to anyone in the water and wastewater sector, interdependent sectors, and partner organizations. Please contact with any questions.



Tornado Preparedness Week

As part of America’s PrepareAthon! initiative, this week, EPA’s Water Security Division encourages you to explore tools and resources related specifically to tornadoes.  As you know, tornadoes can severely impact water utilities by damaging critical infrastructure, restricting access to facilities, and causing power outages. Drinking water and wastewater utilities can use EPA’s Tornado Incident Action Checklist and Power Resilience Guide to prepare for, respond to, and recover from tornadoes.

You can also find more water-related information, tools, and resources at

Start the Conversation with Your Power Supplier

Water utilities are well aware of their reliance on and mutual interdependencies with the energy/power/electric sector.  But are the decision-makers at electric utilities equally aware?  Does returning water systems to service after an outage rise to the top of their priority list?  How can you make that happen?  Here’s something that might help to get that conversation started…

EPA’s Water Security Division has developed a helpful flyer that calls out the various reasons why electric utilities should prioritize power restoration for drinking water and wastewater utilities.  It also describes key considerations for collaborating with the water sector, and links to find more information.  This is an ideal “leave behind” when you reach out to your electric utility counterparts to make sure that you are both working to enhance resiliency in your community.

To see or download the flyer, click this link Power Resilience Flyer for Electric Sector

EPA to Host Water & Power Resilience Webinar

Last week, EPA’s Water Security Division released the new Power Resilience Guide for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities and the accompanying Power to Keep Water Moving video.

On March 17, the Water Security Division will be hosting a webinar to showcase the Guide and video and hear from Stafford County, VA on how they have made the water and power connection.  Participants will also learn about the Federal perspective on water and power resiliency.

DATE:              March 17, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM


This webinar will benefit drinking water, wastewater, electric, and gas utility operators and managers, state and tribal primacy agencies, water associations, and local, state, and Federal agencies involved in emergency preparedness and response.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues in the water and power community as well as those involved in emergency preparedness and response.

ASDWA-EPA Webinar on Power Resiliency Posted

On August 5, ASDWA and EPA co-hosted a webinar on Power Resiliency at Water Utilities: What States Can Do.

ASDWA has posted both the recorded version of the webinar and the powerpoint slide presentations provided by the presenters – Lauren Wisniewski of EPA’s Water Security Division and Bill Gilday of the New York Department of Health’s Drinking Water Program.  You may view and/or download these materials on ASDWA’s website under the Security tab in the Important Documents Section.

Two New Water & Power Resiliency Webinars

EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting two additional webinars on power resiliency at water utilities this summer:

U.S. EPA: Water & Power Resiliency Webinar – Power Assessments and Transfer Switches

DATE:  Wednesday, June 24

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)


EPA will be hosting a webinar on power assessments and transfer switches for drinking water and wastewater utilities on June 24.  The webinar will feature a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) speaker who will discuss the 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) and its mission, the Emergency Power Facility Assessment Tool (EPFAT) and transfer switches.  Two representatives from water utilities will share their experiences in conducting power assessments and installing transfer switches.


U.S. EPA: Water & Power Resiliency Webinar – Best Practices

DATE:  Wednesday, July 29

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)


The best practices in power resiliency at drinking water and wastewater utilities webinar will take place on July 29.  This webinar will describe EPA’s efforts to increase power resiliency at water utilities, including its interactive Best Practices Guide, which will be released in summer 2015.  A water utility speaker will then describe local efforts to increase power resiliency.

NOTE:  There is no cost to participate in these events; however, you must register separately for each of these two webinars.

Water & Power Resiliency Webinars

U.S. EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting two webinars in June and July to help drinking water and wastewater utilities increase their power resiliency.

Water & Power Resiliency Webinar:  Power Assessments and Transfer Switches

DATE:  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)


This webinar features speakers from the Army Corps of Engineers and water utilities to discuss:

  • Conducting power assessments
  • Installing transfer switches
  • Emergency Power Facility Assessment Tool (EPFAT)

Water & Power Resiliency Webinar:  Best Practices

DATE:  July 29, 2015

TIME:  1:00-2:00PM (eastern)


Participants in this webinar will learn about EPA’s Interactive Best Practices Guide as well as examples of how water utilities have become more power resilient.  Speakers will include staff from EPA and a water utility.

NOTE:  You MUST register separately for each of the webinars.  Registering for one event will not automatically register you for the other.


If you have any questions about this webinar series of EPA’s work on water and power resiliency, please contact Lauren Wisniewski at